Monthly Archives: August 2010

Help Students Mind Their Brains

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Dr. Seuss, beloved author in many parts of the world, wrote a telling poem in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” The poem empowers children with these lines: “Congratulations! Today

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Mini Mind Wandering Time

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! In many parts of the world, teachers and students are preparing for the start of a new school year as the calendar nears its turn to September.  First day (or

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Revising Read Aloud Time

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Picture this: a fourth grade teacher sitting on a high chair in the middle of her classroom of  twenty-five students, her eyes glued downward in a book she was reading aloud

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Track Cat On Duty

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Smart teachers are not only beggars (meaning that we secure free or low-cost classroom supplies whenever possible), we are also borrowers. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective) the world is full

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Make “Make Believe” Work

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! A few years ago I had the good fortune to win a contest for creative ideas in the care of puppies.  My win netted my family a year’s worth

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
Situation: Students continue to use lackluster verbs in their writing.

Solution: Show toy cars and pretend to make them zip across a page, telling the class that good writing includes action words (verbs) that have "zip." Ask the class for examples of "zippy" verbs like zoom, race, flash, rush, etc.

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