Monthly Archives: March 2015

Anniversary Post – Help Kids Become Learning Engineers!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! This month marks the fifth anniversary of Attentionology. Five years and counting… I am still inspired by you, my readers, by students, colleagues, world news and trends; it’s a

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Spring Into Learning – Fall Into Focus

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! New seasons are emerging… spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and fall in the sphere that those above the equator call, “down under.” Both hemispheres adorn themselves with nature’s beauty in

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Batters Up! Let Students Take Sports-Related “Slugs” at Sluggishness

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If you live in a part of the world where the advent of a new season brings a time change, like “springing forward” into Daylight Savings Time, you may

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Share a Bit o’ Irish Luck and Laughter to Help Kids Learn

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Now that the calendar has turned to March, it’s time to grab a shamrock and get ready to share the luck and laughter o’ the Irish to help kids

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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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