Monthly Archives: June 2011

Betcha! – An Attention-Getting Trick

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If the end of June means the beginning of a long summer break from school for you, let’s face it, FREEDOM is the glory word, fleeting though it may

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Attention-Getting Questions – AGQs – to Help Kids Focus

Hi and welcome back to Attention-0logy for K – 5 Teachers! Catching kids off guard in a carefully calculated, positive way is a tried and true attention-getter with students in upper elementary grades. Pop Questions – AGQs – do just that –

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The Magic Pencil Holds Students Spellbound

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! “What did you do over the weekend?” I overheard a fourth grade teacher ask a colleague in the teachers’ “lounge” at lunchtime. “SLEPT!” she replied, with a voice that capitalized

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Let “Listen Star” Work Magic for You

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Take a deep dramatic breath; hold it; release the air slowly and as you do, push your hands out in front of you and then stretch your arms to

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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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