Monthly Archives: May 2012

Let Your Students Shoot Some Hoops

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! What does today mean to you? In the US, today is a holiday with mixed emotions. Somber memorial services recognize the sacrifices of war; cookouts and pool openings celebrate

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Change Up Your Door Decor More!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! How’s your week been? If the equivalent to the English expression “Same old, same old” comes to mind for an answer, maybe you need a new view. Take a

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Bring Your Mom to School!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Yesterday, for me, was the first Mother’s Day without my mom, shown in my blog pic here. She died last July, 2011, and I miss her. Thank heavens for

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Use Cheap Attention Tools and Tricks

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! In politics, as you likely know,  the expression “cheap tricks” has a negative connotation. For teachers, on the other hand, the word cheap usually means affordable. Educators struggle with

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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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