Look at This!

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s an engaging command to catch K – 3 kids’ attention… “Look at this!” All eyes will follow your lead, not just because of your command, but because of the

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Make Teaching Magic with Magnifyers

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Are you familiar with the English expression, “Sometimes big things come in little packages?” I’m thinking that may be true for gifts of jewelry, but for teachers giving the

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Magnifying Attention Skills

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I just read some disturbing news about an elementary school in Dallas, Texas that achieved “exemplary” status with math and reading scores by teaching only math and reading to

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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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