Monthly Archives: March 2014

What’s Trending? Mindfulness in Elementary Schools to Help Kids Sustain Concentration

Mid-Week Focus this week features mindfulness, a trending tool to help children sustain concentration in school. Benefits of mindfulness? Huge. Reports are that students who learn to practice mindfulness gain the ability to pay closer attention, calm themselves, and stay focused

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Another Cool Attention-Getting Tool – Host a Let’s Go Loony Day!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Basketball fans, at least in the US and maybe elsewhere, love to participate in “March Madness.” The name, “March Madness” even catches the attention of those who don’t care for

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Puppets Make Perfect Teacher Assistants!

Mid-Week Focus this week takes Attentionology readers to the wonderful world of puppets. Puppets make perfect teacher assistants! Here’ s the most important tip that teachers need to know about using puppets as teaching assistants… …It’s easy to do! Small

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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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