A Reader Asks… Sentence Stems

A LYS Teacher asks the following: SC, What are the best sentence stems for critical writing? SC Response Good question.  A good critical writing stem meets two criteria: 1. The sentence stem requires the writer to make a connection between the sentence subject and something else. For example: prior knowledge, a past experience, a prediction, another…

Critical Writing… How Much is Enough

When I present to teachers I am often asked, “How often should I have my students engage in Critical Writing?” The short answer is… Every period. Every day. The long answer is slightly more nuanced.  In the typical classroom, critical writing occurs around 4% of the time.  That is not a typo and that includes…

The Official Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan and Note Taking Developers

The use of The Fundamental 5 (Cain & Laird) has spread like wildfire in schools across the country.  Thousands of teachers have been trained by the Lead Your School coaching staff and tens of thousands of teachers have read the book and then worked independently to improve their craft. It is truly humbling to consider.…

And That’s Not All… The Fundamental 5 Note Taking Developer

(SOUND OF MORE TRUMPETS) As if THE FUNDAMENTAL 5 LESSON PLAN DEVELOPER wasn’t enough… You asked for it… And we built it… We’re LYS, it’s what we do. THE FUNDAMENTAL 5 NOTE TAKING DEVELOPER!!! This easy to use tool, allows the teacher to build a customized note take tool for any (may we suggest, every)…

Write It Down

I read recently (I wrote down the idea, not the source) that you increase your chance of achieving a goal when you write it down, BY HAND.  This is much more powerful than verbalizing the goal or even typing it. For as crazy as this may sound, it makes sense based on what we know…
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