Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cracking the “Secret of Life”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve been reading about the life and work of Reynolds Price who died on January 20 at age 77. Price was a novelist, poet, dramatist and essayist, but according

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Teachers’ Attention Tricks

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’m always so appreciative when other teachers share their tried and true attention tools and tricks with me, and I’m happy to pass their strategies along to you here.

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It’s Attention Time!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’m always struck by how much attention ordinary objects can bring to me as a teacher when I present them in extraordinary ways. For example, I was teaching an art class recently

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Form an Attention Circle – Round We Go!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an idea for your January – schedule a day for your class to form an Attention Circle. Invite your students to take turns telling what helps them and/or

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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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