Yearly Archives: 2011

Learning Rocks!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers, parents and children in many homes around the world are enjoying  holiday vacations today. School – yuck – who wants to talk about school! Imagine even considering the

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Wow Students with Simulated Sounds of Nature!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I wasn’t sure if my class would “buy in” to simulating the awesome sound of waves rising in the ocean and crashing on the beach – a quick activity

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Help Readers by Popping Balloons!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! The “MomCentric” section of a recent issue of Redbook magazine caught my attention with a review of Ron Clark’s book, The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck.

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International Festival of Attention-Getters – Alaska, US

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Wish I’d had to travel to Alaska to meet Jennifer Lynch (I’ve been wanting to experience Alaska for years!) but our paths crossed in the southeastern part of the

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Make a Home in Class for “Little Orphan Octopus”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! As I was leaving my last fourth grade class for the day this afternoon at the school where I’m teaching this week I heard a boy behind me call

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Magnifying Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I just read some disturbing news about an elementary school in Dallas, Texas that achieved “exemplary” status with math and reading scores by teaching only math and reading to

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What’s Cookin’ in Class?

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve noticed over time that my blog post on November 8, 2010 – Cornucopia of Attention-Getters – has gotten a lot of “hits.” So I got to thinking about the appeal

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Show Off “The Big E”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new attention-ology trick…at the beginning of a school day ask your students to name their favorite letter of the alphabet. Then announce that one of your favorite

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M&Ms Please!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Happy Halloween to all who celebrate the eve of a day honoring the departed who’ve been a special part of our lives. Most celebrated today, at least in the

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Make Magic!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Grab a magician’s black hat, a wand and a (stuffed toy or puppet) white rabbit to kick off your very own magic show in class. Today marks the beginning

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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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