Celebrating Teachers Worldwide – 2013

Get ready to celebrate! Mid-Week Focus this week features World Teachers’ Day – 2013! MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Place a star on October 5, and make plans to pat yourself on the back if you serve children in an educational setting.

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It’s a Puzzle! – Helping Struggling Writers

Mid-Week Focus this week features a visually based approach to helping elementary school students who struggle with language arts. You know who they are in your class. The teachers I met with yesterday to plan my upcoming week as a writer

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Cook Up Cupcake, Sandwich and Pizza Poems!

Mid-Week Focus today features “crazy” literary ways to catch and keep kids’ attention and help them build language skills… Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?” When hands fly, announce that the edible ones are coming later, but that

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – UK & US – Part II

Mid-Week Focus is wearing two hats this week…offering Part II of International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – UK & US. Pam Hartley is at center stage. She’s a planner. Pam serves as Vice President of Play Experience at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, North

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A Pair of Attention-Getting School Day Starters

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature a pair of attention-getting school day starters… …tools and strategies to motivate students to get ready to work… one for children in grades K – 2 one for students in

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There’s a New AP for that – A-TTENTION P-LEASE!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature more attention-getting activities to: 1) set a positive tone for a new school term. 2) help your students (and you) get to know each other as members of a class

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Surprise Visuals & Manipulatives Catch Kids’ Attention

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature quick and easy attention-catching visuals… …colorful posters and cut-outs to tack up on a door or wall. …manipulatives to set out before the school day starts. NEWS POSTERS – If you

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Dolphin Tricks & More to Attract Distracted Kids

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to showcase more tools and tricks to catch and keep kids’ attention… …and bulletin board designs to attract distracted kids and help them learn. Why do teachers have to work harder than ever to

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to turn the lens on videos as tools for teachers. Have you noticed that the use of videos is on the rise for teaching, training, evaluation, information exchange and entertainment? Why this

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Drop Distractions in the Distraction Bag!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature a new attentionology tool… …a DISTRACTION BAG. If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have noticed, as I have, that the word distracted keeps popping up. To paraphrase

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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 are acting sluggish in class.

Solution: Show "The BIG E," for ENERGY, an enlarged letter E (or other first letter for the word energy in your alphabet), available in craft stores. Remind the class that energy is a must-have item to get good work done. Tell the class to show you "The BIG E!"

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