Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sometimes Big is Better!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Living a belief that I share with all of the students I teach – “the more we read, the better we write” – I spent some quality time this

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Catch Attention Creating Ah-ha Moments!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Think back to the last time you uttered the words, “I didn’t know that!” “Ah-ha moments” can happen at any age. Good feelings usually accompany “ah-ha moments,” don’t you

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Box Tricks Attract Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Children are fascinated with boxes for a simple reason…the inner contents are a surprise until the box is opened! For teachers, boxes and other closed containers offer unlimited possibilities

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Good Work – Good Luck!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Depending on your time zone around the world and if you had access to the broadcast, you were able to catch the Super Bowl live last night. Let’s just

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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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