The following is an abridged version of a principal’s review of our book, “The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction”.  You can read the entire post on her blog at

Sean Cain and Mike Laird co-wrote this book outlining 5 very simple steps to significantly alter the landscape of a classroom.

The five steps they identify are all characteristics of good, solid teaching. When used together and intentionalized, student engagement and achievement are profoundly impacted.

How does this impact me as an educator? Intentionalize. Intentionalize. Intentionalize. We must focus and make decisions in our classrooms that are intentional and meaningful. Marzano measured these intentionalized practices in terms of percentile gains. As Cain and Laird noted, these percentile gains can add up to become sustained student achievement.

Sustained student achievement is not accidental – it is fundamental.

SC Response First, thank you for the kind words and great review.

Second, everyone in the LYS Nation have a SAFE and restful Thanksgiving holiday.

Third, the blog posts will resume on Monday, November 28, 2011.  Unless something really exciting happens.

Think. Work. Achieve.

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