Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Attention-Grabbing Games

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 fun with function,

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International Festival of Attention – Grabbers – Florida (US)

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! For the thirteen and a half years that ended on August 13, 2012, anyone who met K-9 Officer, Diane Whetsel, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US), was likely to

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Boosting Creativity

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 fun with function,

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Create a New Bulletin Board – Rainbow of Learning

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Good news…you don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day, nearly two months away, to share with your class a rainbow that leads (as legend has it) to a

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Games Research

Hats off to teachers and to research for my blog – time-consuming but well worth it! I’m researching GAMES TEACHERS USE TO CATCH AND KEEP KIDS’ ATTENTION. My research will form a base for an upcoming Mid-Week Focus post. If you

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Spotlight on Learning with The Attentionology Traveler

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here we go; another school/work week’s begun. Is January flying by for you like it is for me? Just since last Monday, The Attentionology Traveler has been trekking again,

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Encouraging Curiosity

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 fun with function,

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New Attentionology Pics & Tricks

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Attentionology’s on double duty today – offering a showcase of new quick tools and tricks to catch and keep kids’ attention… …PLUS a selection of new bulletin board designs

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – 2012 in review

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus! Happy New Year! What’s under the magic hat today? The WordPress.com stats “helper monkeys;” they’ve prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.  The report was published on 12/31/12. Here’s an excerpt:

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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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