Monthly Archives: October 2010

Attention with a Natural Touch

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve got a new attention-getting trick in the making for you this week that can be a lot of fun for teachers as well as for elementary school students: Catch your class’ attention by bringing nature

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Learning Sustained Concentration – A Challenge!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I had an opportunity to hear Dr. Tony Wagner speak recently about “The Global Achievement Gap” in education.  Tony, as he insisted he be called, is Co-Director of the

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Introduce the “Big E” to get the “Big A”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! See if this sounds familiar – a classroom full of students stretched, no, slouched across the tops of their desks when you’re getting ready to begin a lesson. Slouched

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Go Fish for Focus Fish!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Every year Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) or Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) in schools across the United States (and likely in other parts of the world – a subject I

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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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