Snap & Clap To Tune Kids In – The Attentionology Tipster

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!  The Attentionology Tipster today tunes into rhythmic ways to communicate important information to students. Snapping to Catch Attention – Students in grades K – 5 don’t expect a teacher to “break into”

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Reaching and Teaching Kids with Autism

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – Teachers! If you have ever worked with children on the autism spectrum, you know that it can be difficult to reach and teach these special students. According to Barry M. Prizant,

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Create Attention-Getting Bulletin Boards!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Every time I walk the halls of a school where I visit to teach writing, I look for attention-getting bulletin boards… ways to turn visual resources into attentionology tools.

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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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Worry Got Ya Down? Meet Dennis B and Other Helpful Attention-Getting Tools

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Worry got ya down? There’s a question on a lot of minds, one that relates to children as well as adults. Ask your class one morning when the day is just

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Puppetry – A FAB A-GE and Tool for Teaching!

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus to feature another of the FAB 15 A-GEs – attention-getting elements that teachers can get their hands on to motivate and instruct students… …A-GE #14 – Puppetry & Personification The curtain will

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Put the FAB 15 A-GEs to Work for You!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology of K – 5 Teachers! Let’s pick up the focus on the FAB 15 A-GEs – Attention-getting elements – that can benefit teachers every single school day. To date, Attentionology has explored ten of

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Attentionology Power Play – Pay Unexpected Compliments

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you… What’s your goal? Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class? Working to advance your career? Strategizing to boost sales of a product or

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The Magic Hat – Mid-Week Focus – Maximizing Transition Times

Hats off to teachers…it’s time for Mid-Week Focus! Mid-Week Focus is all about quick and easy ways to approach teaching to keep kids on task in any instructional setting. Let’s share insight and practical ideas. Let’s blend fun with function,

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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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