A Reader Submits… More on PLCs

A LYS Principal submits: SC, Unfortunately, the Fundamental Five is viewed the uninformed as merely the “basics.” They actually believe that they already execute the Fundamental Five at an expert level and that the “PLC,” (which they can’t define in actionable terms) is the advanced move that will increase campus effectiveness. They continue to focus…

A Little More Fundamental 5 News

Here’s a Saturday bonus. We just got the proof back for our TASSP conference program advertisement (courtesy of Dave Martinez at D&M Design). We love it, so we thought that we would let the LYS Nation see it first. The congratulatory notes, texts, tweets and e-mails haven’t slowed down. Again, thank you. Also, three more…

Just a Few More Comments on the Fundamental 5

First of all, Laird and I have been humbled by all of the calls, e-mails and texts congratulating us on the book. Thank you very much for all of the kind words. Second, because of the LYS Nation after just one day the book shot up to number 18,526 on Amazon’s best seller list. Look…

It’s Finally Here – The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction

THE FOLLOWING IS A REPRINT FROM THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011We’ve been like kids waiting for Christmas morning. When will the day ever arrive… But to our surprise, three weeks ahead of schedule, we received notice yesterday that the new book “The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction” is now available on Amazon.com (here’s the…

It’s Finally Here! The Fundamental 5

We’ve been like kids waiting for Christmas morning. When will the day ever arrive… But to our surprise, three weeks ahead of schedule, we just received notice that the new book, “The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction” is now available on Amazon.com (here’s the link to the page – http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t ). If you…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of May 1, 2011

I regularly have educators tell me that they want me to advocate for their district to provide them with cell phones, laptops and now I-Pads. And I always respond by telling them I can think of no idea that could be more career damaging. Not to my career, but to theirs. For years I have…

Teacher Appreciation – Fundamental 5 Dedications

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. Mike Laird and I would like to share the dedications from our soon to be released (within the next three weeks) book, “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction”. Laird’s Dedication: I dedicate this book to the most important people in education today, classroom teachers. When all…

Remember the Main Objective is to Drain the Swamp

My grandfather (a very successful military and business leader), kept a plaque on his wall that read, “When you are up to your rear in alligators, it is hard to remember that the main objective is to drain the swamp.” After my Dr. Seuss books, that plaque is the first thing I remember reading. As…

The Countdown Officially Begins, T minus 30

Yesterday, Dr. Laird and I approved the final digital proof for our book, “The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction”. This means that we will get the hard copy draft in our hands within 10 days and the book will be available within 30 days. To say that we are excited is an understatement.…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of April 17, 2011

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…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of April 10, 2011

Technology is changing by the minute. The rule use to be that the brand new laptop computer you bought today was already six months obsolete. Now laptops are obsolete. Just this week, while I was a passenger in a vehicle driving 70 miles an hours on a freeway between cities, I used my USB cellular…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of April 3, 2011

I was talking to some teachers this week that reported that it is still policy and practice in their district to confiscate cell phone and charge $25.00 for their return. I wish that I could say that this is an isolated case, but it is not. Instead of embracing a chance to introduce real world…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 27, 2011

Since I’ve started my “Embrace Bootleg Technology” enjoinders, when I am on campuses people are starting to show me the little things they are trying to do. That’s the key. Start trying little things. Bootleg technology will change the way we do business, but not overnight. Just think, 20 years ago we all carried extra…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 20, 2011

1:1 computers is the stated goal of a lot of schools right now. I would argue that is that is your goal that you are looking in the wrong direction. Instead, I believe that the goal should be 1:1 connectivity. Every student with on-line access with some sort of device. In fact, I would not…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 6, 2011

Have you embraced bootleg technology? Consider this your weekly reminder. And for those of you on Spring Break this week, this is the perfect time to explore the ever evolving world that you can access through your smart phone, tablet computer, or other hand held connected device. A number of you in the LYS Nation…

A Reader Writes… (Go on a Field Trip)

In response to the 12/16/2010 post, “Go on a Field Trip,” a reader writes: What is the Fundamental Five? SC Response The Fundamental Five are the five instructional practices that magnify the effect of every other high yield instructional practice. Essentially, the Fundamental Five represent the blocking and tackling of quality instruction. Execute them at…

A Reader Writes… (Curriculum Myth – Part 2)

In response to the 12/10/2010 post, “Curriculum Myth,” a LYS Principal writes: Sean did a good job of fielding this one. Let’s look at your opening statement: Shouldn’t curriculum, instruction and assessment all be standards-oriented, research-based and data driven? The answer to this question is “YES” From a curriculum theory standpoint, you have the taught…

Bootleg Technology and the Top Tweets from the Last Two Weeks

If anyone has heard me speak informally in the past couple of months, you know that I have been championing the idea of encouraging the increased use of personal technology (ex: smart phones, I-Touches) and universal connectivity in schools. We have to free up our people and our students or risk becoming the buggy-whip industry…

A Reader Writes… (Yes, I Know the Hours are Long – Part 17)

In response to the 11/11/2010 post, “Yes, I Know the Hours are Long – Part 5,” a LYS Principal writes: As an old LYS principal, I can tell you most administrators are running scared. The game is instructional leadership, and most administrators have very little training or experience in this area. Lets face it, traditionally…

More What Does the Data Show

Recently, I was working with a new LYS High School Principal. We have just completed our first semester supporting her campus and we were reviewing mid-year progress. One piece of data that the principal was excited about was the reduction in the number of teachers who had failure rates greater than 20%. In the Fall…

Go on a Field Trip

I was recently working with some principals and I specifically wanted to review the results of their district assessments. The principals had done some extensive analysis and knew exactly what their students were struggling with. But they were also at a loss as to what to do about it. I asked them who was beating…

A Reader Writes… (Mythology)

In response to the post, “Mythology” a reader writes: I enjoyed this article. Student engagement and purposeful talk are an informal way of assessing “who gets it and who doesn’t” in a jiffy. Most students lack descriptive words in their speech and can no more write than speak appropriately. They use the same words over…

A Reader Asks… More K, 1, and 2 Lesson Frames

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC,I need some more examples of K, 1, and 2 Lesson Frames. My teachers are trying, but we can use a little extra help.Thanks, LYS rocks! SC ResponseThis is a great request to pass on to the LYS Nation. So all of you Elementary LYS’ers, if you have couple…

A Reader Writes… (Brown Wisdom)

In response to the post the discussed E. Don Brown’s advice that from a system standpoint, “the Principal’s role is to be the pure advocate for students,” a reader writes: “It makes sense that the principle of student advocacy should be led by the principal leader of students. It reminds me of a principle I…

A Reader Writes… (… Not Getting the Job Done)

In response to the post, “Who Really is Not Getting the Job Done,” a reader writes: “Teachers want great leadership. However, we sometimes get so caught up in our daily routines that we forget what our job is about. As educators, we need to focus on what is best for the children and how can…
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