LYSers are known for spending a lot of time in classrooms observing instruction. It is a critical part of becoming an exceptional instructional leader. In this pursuit there is a minimum standard. That standard being 30-minutes a day devoted to observing the most important thing that occurs on a campus… Teaching and Learning.
Those new to LYS often struggle to accomplish this, and LYS does provide processes, training and support to those new to the practice. Occasionally, a defensive school leader will claim that this is unreasonable / impossible. Which brings us to LYS Legend, Coach Harry Miller. After hearing a group of campus leaders run through a litany of reasons why they were not visiting classroom rooms, Coach Miller shared the following:
“As school leaders we work long hours. In fact, I don’t know a school leader worth her salt that doesn’t spend at least ten hours a day on campus. In those ten hours, how is it not possible to carve out just 30-minutes throughout the day to visit classrooms? Do the math, 30-minutes represents just 1/20th of the day to ensure that teachers and students are successful. 1/20th of to day to solve little problems in the halls before they become big problems in the office. Honestly, if a school leader can’t devote 1/20th of the day to actually becoming a more effective leader, that is just disappointing.”
Today, get out from behind the desk and go visit 5 classrooms. Don’t disappoint Coach Miller.
Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…
- Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5
- Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool)
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