Monthly Archives: June 2013

Year-round Opportunity Bags Help Kids Learn Focus Skills

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to introduce a terrific tool to help kids do just that…focus! Let’s face it…many elementary school students (and teachers) who have just concluded a term are ready to focus on nothing but

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School Break Loneliness Busters

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! When you send students off for vacation at the end of a school term or welcome them at the beginning of camp or a new adventure, you have a special opportunity

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Improve Tech Skills – Part 2 – Getting Good News Out Online

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid – Week Focus to review expert tips on sharing news online. Vacation time is here for many of us. Consider setting aside a little time to improve your tech skills while you’re classroom-free. Tech skills

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Improve Your Tech Skills – Part 1 – Blogging Better

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! School breaks offer teachers more than much-needed time to refresh and recharge. Time out of the classroom gives teachers a window of opportunity to build skills related to professional and

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Talking Trees – The Wonder of Personification – A FAB 15 A-GE!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to uncover the magic of personification. Personification is a mouthful of a word, and its potential as a teaching tool speaks volumes for teachers who are willing to “think and act outside the

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Puppetry – A FAB A-GE and Tool for Teaching!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature another of the FAB 15 A-GEs – attention-getting elements that teachers can get their hands on to motivate and instruct students… …A-GE #14 – Puppetry & Personification The curtain will

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A Kid-Favorite FAB 15 A-GE – Imagination

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In classrooms that follow a traditional school calendar the year is winding down. How to keep kids’ attention now? Spin an imaginary “ferris wheel” of 15 very real fabulous

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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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