Helping Hand for Reading and Writing

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! I left Beth Schetter’s small classroom last week (Mar.12, 2012 blog – Great Graphics Assist Struggling Students) with more ideas to share. My first blog featuring Beth’s effective teaching

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Great Graphics Assist Struggling Students

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! A little web research shows an old Chinese streetcar ad with beautifully drawn Chinese characters that assert, “One picture is worth ten thousand words.” Some Western scholars suggest that the

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Bring On “The Luck ‘o the Irish!”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Good news in the month of March…you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, coming soon! Teachers in many communities well outside of Ireland turn the

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Sometimes Big is Better!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Living a belief that I share with all of the students I teach – “the more we read, the better we write” – I spent some quality time this

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Catch Attention Creating Ah-ha Moments!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Think back to the last time you uttered the words, “I didn’t know that!” “Ah-ha moments” can happen at any age. Good feelings usually accompany “ah-ha moments,” don’t you

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Box Tricks Attract Attention

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Children are fascinated with boxes for a simple reason…the inner contents are a surprise until the box is opened! For teachers, boxes and other closed containers offer unlimited possibilities

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Good Work – Good Luck!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Depending on your time zone around the world and if you had access to the broadcast, you were able to catch the Super Bowl live last night. Let’s just

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Bulletin Board Focuses on Good Character

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! In real estate the buzz word is “location, location, location,” right? When it comes to catching and keeping K – 5 students’ attention, I think the buzz word is

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Learning Rocks!

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! Teachers, parents and children in many homes around the world are enjoying  holiday vacations today. School – yuck – who wants to talk about school! Imagine even considering the

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Make a Home in Class for “Little Orphan Octopus”

Hi and welcome back to Attention-ology for K – 5 Teachers! As I was leaving my last fourth grade class for the day this afternoon at the school where I’m teaching this week I heard a boy behind me call

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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: Young students are getting noisy while you’re trying to teach.

Solution: Hold up "Listen Star," a toy magic wand that you’ve designated to be a cue for quiet. Tell the class, "When you see our friend, 'Listen Star' dance across the classroom sky, that’s your signal to HUSH for a moment."

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