Ornaments Kids Can Make with Memorable Messages for an Attentionology Tree

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Attentionology Tree is back by popular demand…with some updates! Everyone’s busy this time of year, so here’s a quick attention-getting trick to try with your students… Countdown to the

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Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Are your days getting more hectic by the minute? Take a TEACHER’S Time-Out to Refresh! In the English language anyway, “refresh” is a word that sounds like what it

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Take a New Look to Re-Energize. Help Kids in the Process!

What catches your eye first when you enter your own instructional space? Mid-Week Focus today is all about taking a new look to re-energize your classroom and you, if you think that might be a good thing to do. Stop at

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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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