Monthly Archives: September 2010

Be a Model of Attention-ology

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Stop at your door the next time you enter your classroom and look around the whole instructional space. What catches your eye first? What’s the focus of the teaching zone(s)?

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Tonal Attention Tool – A Tambourine

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I remember visiting a class of fourth grade students a few years ago and noting how well the teacher commanded her class’ attention with her guitar. We had about five

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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 are having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

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