The Cat’s Meow In Your Classroom – The Attentionology Tipster

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! The Attentionology Tipster, a month-long series this May, offers a quick tip today that’s a trick… The Cat’s Meow in Your Classroom. This trick is perfect for catching the attention of

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Power Up Curiosity in a New Year

Curiosity is a powerful teaching tool. One of the best ways to encourage curiosity in children is to model this important characteristic. There’s no better time to power up curiosity than at the start of a new year. Beth Schetter works with fourth/fifth

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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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