Ask What’s Missing? Who is Paying Attention, Please?

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! First blog post of the new year here…I thought it’d be fun to help teachers see who is paying attention in class (or elsewhere) as 2015 kicks off. “What’s

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Ah-choo Puppets Walk Kids Down Earth Day Lane

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In sunshine or rain, any day is a good day to take kids on a walk down Earth Day Lane. When I begin my writing classes with clouds darkening

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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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