A Labor of Love!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! What made you want to be a teacher? In the course of my work, I’ve met educators and parents who knew from the time they were elementary school students

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Education Creed Includes Attention-ology

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I had the pleasure of working recently in the classroom of a veteran fifth grade teacher who has written a Philosophy of Education Creed. Writing the creed, she explained

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Create an Opportunity Bag for Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Let’s face it…many elementary school students view school as a must-do chore and some see it as an engaging center of learning and fun. Whether or not a student grasps the

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Track Cat On Duty

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Smart teachers are not only beggars (meaning that we secure free or low-cost classroom supplies whenever possible), we are also borrowers. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective) the world is full

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Clever Move to Negate Student Complaints

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Do you know anyone who has trouble saying “No” to children?  I do.  Call me “old school” but I’ve found myself cringing at the apologetic manner of some teachers and

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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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