Monthly Archives: January 2014

Show and Pass a Picture Please – Attention on SharingForm an Attention Circle – Round We Go!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an idea for your January – schedule a day for your class to form an Attention Circle. Invite your students to take turns telling what helps them and/or

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Turn Students Into “Progressive Story Chefs”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new recipe to help students in grades 3 – 5 master core skills. It’s an attention-getting recipe for writing time. Set Up Progressive Writing Stations – Challenge kids

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Hook Kids Individually with Pics!

Mid-Week Focus this week features pictures, pictures and more pictures…pictures as teaching tools, …different pictures for different students, …inexpensive or free pictures that you find anywhere, …copies of new pictures from your own collection or other print media, like magazines

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Good Character Counts!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Martin Luther King, Jr. is being celebrated in the US today, but his vision of “judging people by the content of their character” reaches far beyond America’s shores. Character Education

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Delicious Hooks into Lessons

Mid-Week Focus this week features FOOD as a hook into K – 5 lessons. Hungry for more tools and tricks to catch and keep K – 5 students’ attention as you lead the class into learning time? Here’s a menu

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Increase Attention by Decreasing Distractions!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Distraction-Quotient continues to rise in many parts of the world as January, 2014 reaches mid-point. Article after article in a wide array of sources point to the increasing

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Light the Fire of Creativity in Kids!

This week’s Mid-Week Focus features Creativity… Q. How do we define it? A. Simply stated, creativity is the ability to be inventive and imaginative. Q. How can we light the fire of creativity in kids? A. One answer is by asking

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Power Up Curiosity in a New Year

Curiosity is a powerful teaching tool. One of the best ways to encourage curiosity in children is to model this important characteristic. There’s no better time to power up curiosity than at the start of a new year. Beth Schetter works with fourth/fifth

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Self-Assess at New Year’s Start

Mid-Week Focus this week falls on New Year’s Day…a great time to celebrate new beginnings. Advice for making and managing new year resolutions are easy to find. I hope this post offers an attention-getting, easy-to-use and helpful tool at the

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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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