Monthly Archives: March 2011

Look, Listen, Love That Word!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Quick question…what’s your favorite word? For many, the answer is the word FREE. It’s so popular that advertisers of products and services worldwide use the word FREE frequently to

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Attention-Getting Power of Color

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I was inspired to write this week’s blog by a teacher that swears by the power of color to help students with attention-deficit disorder achieve success in writing. Her

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Teaching Tools for Boggled Minds

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Does your mind ever get so full that it feels empty? That happens to me sometimes; I think it’s a sign of the times. I know for certain that information

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Attention-ology Survey

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I’ve been conducting research among elementary school teachers and administrators related to the premise of this blog…catching and keeping students’ attention in instructional settings is a critical challenge 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 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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