Make the Most of Word Mash!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Mix ’em up. Mash ’em up. Match ’em up…WORDS! Make the most of Word Mash to catch and keep K – 5 kids’ attention… and to make important messages

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Create or Borrow a Cheer for a New School Year!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! New school terms often coincide with new seasons in sports. Most kids enjoy sports. Use students’ interest in “getting in the game” to help catch and keep their attention

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More Bags Beg for Attention!

Mid-Week Focus this week features more creative ways that teachers can use bags as BIG attention-getting tools. Colorful, interesting, fun and funny bags beg for attention. Bags, plain and fancy, can become focal points for learning activities. Use bags as

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Comfort Cookin’ and Color-Related Writing to Manage Moods

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Stop, look and listen…listen with an extra-attentive ear to your students when school starts tomorrow. Do they seem moody? If the answer’s yes, maybe you need to help them cook up

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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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