Monthly Archives: March 2012

International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – South America

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Passports please…we’re heading to a Global Network School where students in the first grade are currently learning about South America. Check out my blog pic below and you’ll see

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Helping Hand for Reading and Writing

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I left Beth Schetter’s small classroom last week (Mar.12, 2012 blog – Great Graphics Assist Struggling Students) with more ideas to share. My first blog featuring Beth’s effective teaching

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Great Graphics Assist Struggling Students

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! A little web research shows an old Chinese streetcar ad with beautifully drawn Chinese characters that assert, “One picture is worth ten thousand words.” Some Western scholars suggest that the

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Bring On “The Luck ‘o the Irish!”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Good news in the month of March…you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, coming soon! Teachers in many communities well outside of Ireland turn the

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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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