Monthly Archives: February 2011

Modeling Creativity for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Pelting rain is drenching the windows near my desk as I write this week’s blog in the middle of a thunderstorm on the last day of February.  What an attention-getter

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Word Play – Call to Pay Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I spent some time last week in a K – 1 classroom, working with a teacher who used word play to catch and keep her young students’ attention. Her

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Education Creed Includes Attention-ology

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I had the pleasure of working recently in the classroom of a veteran fifth grade teacher who has written a Philosophy of Education Creed. Writing the creed, she explained

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Attention-Getting Words

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Actually, that welcome back extends to me…didn’t post my weekly blog last Monday (and I missed doing so!) because I had a family EMERGENCY. Now, there’s a word that

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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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