Become a Dream Catcher!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Native American dreamcatchers are delightful circular weavings with feathers and beads dangling down. Many dreamcatchers are woven with a single bead at the center of the web. Others simply

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Move Over Basketball…Let’s Dribble IDEAS to Score Big in School!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! It may be basketball season in some parts of the world, but teachers have the option in class to suggest this… “Move over basketball…let’s dribble IDEAS to score big in

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Magical Teaching Tools Work Like a Charm

Grab a big black hat and get ready to charm students and catch their attention… Mid-Week Focus this week features quick and easy teaching tools and tricks that include an element of magic! (No special training needed.) In the United

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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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