Monthly Archives: November 2010

Visualize, Please, Where In The World Are We?

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I have a funny travel-related story about one of my third grade students in a school where I recently taught. For background, I should mention that I structure a week-long residency

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An Eagle Eye On Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A recent article by Matt Richtel published in the New York Times offers more evidence that children are becoming less and less able to stay focused in our digital age.  You

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Adapt Pop Culture for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! When I started writing this blog back in March, 2010, I made a promise to the elementary educators and others who work with elementary school-age children – my potential

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Cornucopia of Attention-Getters

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! My research and new creative work are paying off…I’ve collected and designed a cornucopia full of more great ideas that can help you catch and keep elementary students’ attention. How about an actual cornucopia as

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Research Break

Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers is conducting research to benefit this blog and will return next week. Thank you.

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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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