Modeling Creativity for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Pelting rain is drenching the windows near my desk as I write this week’s blog in the middle of a thunderstorm on the last day of February.  What an attention-getter

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Learning Sustained Concentration – A Challenge!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I had an opportunity to hear Dr. Tony Wagner speak recently about “The Global Achievement Gap” in education.  Tony, as he insisted he be called, is Co-Director of the

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Be a Model of Attention-ology

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Stop at your door the next time you enter your classroom and look around the whole instructional space. What catches your eye first? What’s the focus of the teaching zone(s)?

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I Spy a Good Listener!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! You may have heard the old Chinese proverb that roughly translates in English to, “We hear and we forget; we see and we remember; we do and we understand.” I’m

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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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