I’ll keep it short and to the point today. Bootleg technology is the real answer to 1:1 computing, stretching limited budget dollars, and keeping classrooms relevant in an ever-changing world. Now for the LYS’ers in Texas, go kick the last TAKS week square in the teeth. A number of you in the LYS Nation are now using bootleg technology devices to follow Twitter. If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us. To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 17th 2011, as tabulated by the accountants at Price Waterhouse. 1. Fifth classroom in a row hitting 3 out 5 of the Fundamental Five! And every classroom so far is clean, organized, and purposeful. Great job, SMTC teachers! 2. Watching 150 hospitalized students line up quietly, get their lunch & converse politely in small groups while they eat. Kids will meet modeled expectations. 3. Congratulations to LYS Principal, Suzy Meyer (Crockett ES, Grand Prairie ISD) for being named a TEPSA distinguished principal finalist! 4. Run Thought – Part 1: If your early TAKS results are good, remember the immortal words of Han Solo, “Great kid! Now don’t get cocky!” 5. Run Thought – Part 2: If your early TAKS results were not good, remember your Churchill, “We shall fight…we shall never surrender!” 6. I visited three schools today. One school had adults that modeled student expectations, two did not. Guess where I observed the most teaching & learning? 7. Tonight’s Run Thought: If you punish students for not following a dress code that you yourself do not model – you are a hypocrite and a bully. 8. Increasing class size without increasing support and training is a sure way to increase teacher stress and decrease the quality of instruction. 9. Tonight’s Run Though: I can’t wait for the Republican primary. Then I get to vote against all the incumbents that refuse to support public education. 10. The question is how did attending private school influence current education reformers? Easy, they have confused peer groups and resources with teacher quality. Think. Work. Achieve.Your turn…Follow Sean Cain at www.Twitter.com/LYSNationComing Soon! “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction” www.TheFundamentalFive.comPlan to attend the LYS presentations at TASSP and TASB in June