International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Vietnam – Part II

Karen Walsh has traveled many miles, literally and figuratively, from her hometown of Stonybrook (Long Island), New York, to her current job in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Vietnam’s second largest city, Karen will soon begin her fourth year teaching fifth grade

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International Festival of Attention-Grabbers – Vietnam

Imagine an elementary school room where every kid holds a wireless tablet in hand, able to instantly access the Internet…where a reading circle forms a ring of children from nearly twenty nations…where students are challenged to become “agents for change.”

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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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