Use Creative Road Signs to Pave the Way to Smart Vacations

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In summertime (Northern Hemisphere) or winter (Southern Hemisphere), vacation time is… a time when many children go “on the road” with family or friends to destinations near and far.

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Teach with Funny Forecasts and Predictions

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Introducing children to the concepts of forecasting and predicting are part of the Common Core Curriculum in the US and other elementary school curricula worldwide. It can be serious

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Journeying to Discover New and Wonderful Teaching Resources

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you agree with me that like life itself, teaching is a journey, not a destination? One of the joys of an educator’s journey is the discovery along the

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Improve Your Tech Skills – Part 1 – Blogging Better

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! School breaks offer teachers more than much-needed time to refresh and recharge. Time out of the classroom gives teachers a window of opportunity to build skills related to professional and

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Will You? Won’t You?

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! If your 2012 – 2013 school year still has a new feel to it, like mine does, you might want to take a moment to look back before you

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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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