Attention-Getting Power of Color

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I was inspired to write this week’s blog by a teacher that swears by the power of color to help students with attention-deficit disorder achieve success in writing. Her

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Pass Me the Pineapple Please!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I just got back from a weekend visit to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, site of a historic area that replicates the eighteenth century capital of a colony of diverse people who

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Introduce the “Big E” to get the “Big A”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! See if this sounds familiar – a classroom full of students stretched, no, slouched across the tops of their desks when you’re getting ready to begin a lesson. Slouched

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Go Fish for Focus Fish!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Every year Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) or Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) in schools across the United States (and likely in other parts of the world – a subject I

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Bouncing Balls

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If you’ve been following the World Cup Games in South Africa recently you know the passion that people around the world have for a simple round ball. Spheres made

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On your mark, get set, GO!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I was talking recently with an associate, Alice Osborn, a talented multi-tasking independent contract writer and teacher who works under the umbrella: Write From the Inside Out. Alice manages

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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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