Monthly Archives: January 2012

Constant Change – What a Challenge!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I heard a fascinating presentation recently about world trends. One prediction – maybe a “no-brainer” for some – more and more organizations (this could include schools) have begun to

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – United Kingdom

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! “Come as you are; leave as a star!” When I recently read that invitation to a workout at my gym I immediately pictured a similarly worded poster outside an

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Bulletin Board Focuses on Good Character

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! In real estate the buzz word is “location, location, location,” right? When it comes to catching and keeping K – 5 students’ attention, I think the buzz word is

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Try a New Story Telling Trick

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Is your weekly visit to the media center/library like most elementary schools -scheduled as a “special?” Special is an apt adjective for many of the strategies that media center

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it

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Help Kids Make a Clean Sweep in 2012

Hi and welcome back to Attenion-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If your new year began on January 1 you may be ready to make a clean sweep in your classroom as well as at home. Teachers in the earliest

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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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