A LYS Principal sent in the following:
Thought you might want to see a note I received from one of my teachers:
Even though they are not physically here daily, I want to thank LYS for teaching us the “Small Group Purposeful Talk” method. I did this at least 3 times in class today and noticed a remarkable difference:
1. The sidebar conversations decreased tremendously. 2. Students were more in-tune to the lesson. 3. Every group could answer my closing question for the lesson.
It was absolutely amazing!! If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. It really works!!!
I also spent more time in the power zone, with pen in hand, grading as I met with each table group. I placed a checkmark on each student’s paper as they were working and told them they have a 100 so don’t stop. Neighboring students were asking me to check their work too because they wanted that satisfaction of knowing they were accomplishing their daily goal. Every student completed his or her work today and now my grading is done!!
Again, this really works!!
SC Response Thank for sharing. And I understand your teacher’s excitement. Even after Laird and I identified the Fundamental 5, the first time I used all five in the same lesson (as a field test) when I finished I told everyone, “This must be how the really great teachers feel everyday.”
Tell your staff that we are proud of them and don’t slow down.
Think. Work. Achieve.
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