Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Tech Tricks

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus! Mid – Week Focus is all about quick and easy (most of the time – once in while, we have to study strategies, like the Tech Wizard suggests that we do

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Host a Patterned Paper Poem Party!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Think about it…better still…catch your students’ attention by asking them to think about it, about this…every season and every holiday has its own special symbols and patterns. Where I

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! A change in my travel plans due to Hurricane Sandy’s approach along the east coast of the US prompted me to share another attention catcher – keeper… …POSTING SIGNS OF CHANGE along with KEY SKILLS TO MASTER in CHANGING

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Celebrations

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus! Mid – Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s

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Start Students’ Engines for Writing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Last Monday’s Attentionology post presented the how-to of turning your instructional space into a classroom of the traveling story. Visit the post to review this approach to taking flight

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The Attentionology Traveler

Hi! I caught a bug in a classroom I recently visited, but it wasn’t the kind that causes the flu; it was another attention catcher – keeper… …AN ATTENTION BUG. See if you could use this tool too… The bugs

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Educational Materials Part 2

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus! Mid – Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s blend

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Become the Classroom of the Traveling Story!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A couple of weeks ago I spent a little free time between classes rummaging through old educational magazines and journals on the Professional Shelves of the school’s Media Center.

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Educational Materials

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus, published this week on Thursday! Mid – Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share

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World Teachers’ Day 2012

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Did you celebrate World Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 5? If you missed this year’s celebration to honor the teaching profession worldwide, know this…many people believe that World Teachers’

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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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