A LYS Principal sent the following: SC, I wanted to share a few comments with you. We started the new semester reviewing Fundamental 5 data, both campus and individual. We also discussed our Fundamental 5 coaching initiative for this semester. As we finished the staff development session, my Band Director came up to me with his data and said, “Looks like I need to work on increasing critical writing in my classes”. Yes, my Band Director!! Then, when I was in a science classroom doing a PowerWalk, I observed the teacher reviewing with students through the use of specific questions. The students were answering all of her questions correctly. The teacher stopped and told the class, “Wow, I am impressed that you remember so much from over the break!” The same day, I stopped and asked a math teacher how her first day back was and she jokingly replied, “Great, they (students) must have had a great teacher before the break because they were remembering everything about cosine and sine. That stuff is hard, but they remember it.” Several others have shared similar information with us as well. The Fundamental 5 is alive and working here!!! Thanks for all of your hard work and support. SC Response This is fantastic news! It validates what we know about the effect that the Fundamental 5 has on student learning and for the teacher provides anecdotal evidence (which drives perception) that things are improving. Just like we shared with the staff during the training, “You can teach what you always taught, just make these small adjustments and every student will learn more of what you are teaching.” We will see you and your staff soon. Until then, keep up the hard work because now we are in instructional prime time. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

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