Monthly Archives: April 2013

Teacher Benefits from the FAB 15 A-GEs

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Assisting Teachers Ever learn a new word and then find yourself seeing it everywhere? Attentionology is like that, or so I’m told when educators ask what it’s about. “Oh

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The Attentionology Traveler Finds a New Idea for an Old Writing Art

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler spent some time recently with a teacher who has a novel idea for teaching an old writing art… …cursive handwriting. See if this relates to any current curriculum evaluation underway in your school… …Some states in

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The FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention-Getting Elements for Teachers

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to introduce the first five of what I call The FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention-Getting Elements. Attentionology is a science and an art. Attention-getting elements can benefit teachers every single school day by supporting

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Ah-choo Puppets Walk Kids Down Earth Day Lane

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In sunshine or rain, any day is a good day to take kids on a walk down Earth Day Lane. When I begin my writing classes with clouds darkening

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Make a Worry Chain to Help Kids Cope

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature fun and functional ACTIVITIES TO HELP KIDS COPE. See if my experience mirrors yours… …Long before I overheard a recent conversation between a third grade teacher and the school’s psychologist

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Sign On to a Road Show for Teaching!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Talk about attention-getting… …check out the street sign in my blog pic here. I found it posted at the corner of two halls in a school where I recently

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Swap-ortunities for Learning

Hi! The Attentionology Traveler has discovered another concept that teachers can apply in classrooms around the world… …Set up SWAP-ORTUNITIES for students! What’s a SWAP-ORTUNITY? It’s an OPPORTUNITY to make exchanges, patterned after retail campaigns that encourage shoppers to bring in

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Scavenger Hunt to Spark Kids’ Love of Nature

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature fun, easy, attention-getting activities that bring the outdoors indoors and SPARK KIDS’ LOVE OF NATURE! An unknown author once wrote, “A nature lover is a person who, when treed by

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Pull Kids In with Poetry!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Kids get pulled into poetry in a heartbeat when I dramatize a silly Limerick from Ireland as I open up a “Poetry Cafe” in class on “You Choose Writing

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Keep Cards Coming!

Put a new Attentionology Power Play to work for you… …KEEP CARDS COMING to people you want to positively affect in educational settings and other workplaces. Every year a few days before my birthday, I get a decorative greeting card

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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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