Help Kids Organize to Focus!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Clean Slate Traditions – For those who begin a new year when the calendar turns to January, as it soon will, it’s a good time to create a clean slate. Clean

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Principals Catch Attention, Too

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In the aftermath of the tragedy last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (US), I was reminded of something obvious in K – 5 education, but

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Help Kids Make a Clean Sweep in 2012

Hi and welcome back to Attenion-ology for K – 5 Teachers! If your new year began on January 1 you may be ready to make a clean sweep in your classroom as well as at home. Teachers in the earliest

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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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