Monthly Archives: September 2018

Crazy Color-Coded Games Catch Kids’ Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When students seem sleepy or more distracted than usual, catch their attention with crazy color-coded games. Hot Wheels Color Game – Background: Art teachers and other educators often help children

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Three Cheers for Healthy Living!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Most communities around the world draw cheering crowds to local sporting events. Elementary school students may or may not play in youth leagues, but most kids enjoy cheering for a

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Make Your Classroom Inviting Like a Guest Room

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Like most educators, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that I can use or adapt for school. A set of adaptable home decor tips caught my attention recently…

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Contract to Worry Less this School Term!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Start with a Question – Worry got ya down? This Q relates to many children. Ask your class at the start of a school day if worry has a hold

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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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