Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tricks with New Takes on Cultural Icons

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! On a recent trip to Mexico I enjoyed the laughter of children at a party in Cozumel.  As you see in my blog pic below, a highlight of the

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Lebanon

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! A father for a teacher? Absolutely. Just ask Toufic (Tom) Chebib, shown in my blog pic below. Tom celebrated Father’s Day yesterday in the US remembering his childhood and

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Finders – Keepers

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! How does a little girl’s handbag turn into an attention-getting tool to help kids write poetry? Here’s how…you play a teacher’s game of Finders – Keepers whenever and wherever

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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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