Reach to Teach with the 2018 Olympic Games!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are a cold, snowy sight to see in PyeongChang, South Korea! The Olympics welcome everyone to a world of learning. Reach to teach during

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Help Kids Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an attention-grabbing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year… Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems! Valentine Cupcakes Bakin’ Up – Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?” When

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Prompt a LOVE of Writing with Valentine Word Play!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! It’s the season of love (as if love is ever out of season!) for all who celebrate Valentine’s Day. Prompt a LOVE of writing with Valentine Word Play. Three

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Help Distracted Kids Have a Heart for Paying Attention!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you have students who are easily distracted? In a world of sensory bombardment, wise teachers find ways to incorporate actual instruction about the importance of being able to

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Teachers on Call to Serve as Role Models in Character Education

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! I don’t usually write about politics, but I’m making an exception this week… because the face of politics (in America) today seems to be missing the tenets of character education,

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Here Comes 2018 on a “Green for Go” File Folder to Fill!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Ready or not, New Year’s Day has come and gone… but not the opportunity that a new year presents. Here comes 2018 on a “green for go” file folder to

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Spark Interest in Writing with EmojiWrite and SnapWrite

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If some kids in your class yawn when you announce that it’s time for creative writing… spark their interest in writing with my new games…EmojiWrite and SnapWrite! That’s right.

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Digging Out What’s Old to Find Something New and Timely for Teachers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Have you ever gone digging? Have your students done the same? Not digging outdoors in the dirt…although that’s fun to do; digging can be instructive for science and other

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Attention on Safety!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! At the start of a new school year or term, it’s smart to encourage children to pay attention to safety… …on the way to and from school …in school

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Make Sunshine Indoors!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! When the weather outside is abominable… …Make Sunshine Indoors! Kids love the concept. They know that teachers can’t actually bring sunshine indoors. No problem. Your actions and intent show

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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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