Monthly Archives: January 2015

Build Team Spirit with Class Poems – All In!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Looking for a quick way to boost students’ morale at the start of a school day? Try engaging your class in activities that build team spirit, like composing short

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Offer Comfort with Stuffed Animals that Offer Lessons in Return

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! A few years ago I had the good fortune to win a contest for creative ideas about the care of puppies. One resulting comfort to me? A big prize…a year’s

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Break Through to Students by Asking Crazy, Challenging, Catchy Questions

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In a world that is full of distractions, including information overload and overshare, how can teachers break through to students? One answer…ask crazy, challenging, catchy questions (Qs). Weave your

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Ask What’s Missing? Who is Paying Attention, Please?

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! First blog post of the new year here…I thought it’d be fun to help teachers see who is paying attention in class (or elsewhere) as 2015 kicks off. “What’s

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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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