A New Principal Asks… Rooms of Chaos

A 1st year LYS Principal asks…   SC,   Like every other new Principal, I have been given the advice by many to, “Not change anything the first year.”   But my school is a MESS. The classrooms are junky and disorganized!  Should I wait when I know kids are surrounded by chaos? Or, should I address…

A Principal Asks… Classroom Lighting

A LYS Principal asks the following:   SC,   Based on your observations in schools across the country, what is your opinion on the use of alternative lighting in classrooms?  For example, a teacher using lamps rather that the regular classroom lighting.   Additionally, do you know of any research that has been done on…

Create a Consistent Pattern

A recognizable, consistent pattern can reduce stress, free-up mental capacity and increase reaction speed.  As a principal, I didn’t view this as an interesting factoid; I recognized it as a competitive advantage.  So how did I leverage this competitive advantage?   My teachers and I replicated a consistent room set up, from class to class to…

PowerWalks Alignment to T-TESS Domain 3

This is post three of a four post series addressing each T-TESS domain and its relationship and correlations to PowerWalks. Link to T-TESS Domain 1 Post Link to T-TESS Domain 2 Post  Link to T-TESS Domain 4 Post T-TESS Domain 3: Learning Environment The research is clear that the environment can have either a positive…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 27, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 27, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Vouchers? Tuition tax credits? Home school deductions?…

Facilities Support

It is difficult (but not impossible) to run a quality education program in a poorly maintained facility.  And even if the education program is of high quality, a subpar facility impedes student performance.  And in too many districts, the urgency of the Facility Staff leaves something to be desired.  (Side bar: I worked in two…

The Five Fundamentals of Classroom Environment

School is starting in the next couple of weeks, so now is a good time to review the Fundamental 5 for cultivating classroom environments that enhance student performance. 1. When it comes to classroom displays and decor, LESS is more. For most teachers, a good rule of thumb is in comparison to what was in…

A Reader Asks… A Room Set-up Rubric

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, Quick question… Do you have any examples of room set-up rubrics I could provide for my team as we prepare for the start of school?  We are trying to make sure we don’t give away any student performance due to sub-par room set-up decisions. Thanks. SC Response Kudos…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 28, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 28, 2015. 1. “Texas public schools are fully funded.” A lie…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 9, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 9, 2014. 1. Take an environmental walk through your school. What…

Be the Best Me in the Classroom

So it is that time of year, late Fall.  The time when the newness of school has worn off and the holiday break is still a month a way.  A time when the leaves start to turn color and the complaints about the lack of student behavior, motivation, and performance begin to heat up. I’m…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 12, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 5, 2014. 1. What takes years to build can be torn…

Dr. Rich Allen Writes… The Room Set-up Matters

Early in my career I have realized (and experienced) the power on managing environments.  Here is the short version of this understanding: Based on the environment in which you place the learner, you can either accelerate or decelerate learning.   I loathe leaving performance on the table, so even when I present in conference halls, I…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 25, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 25, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Jason Johnston! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 18, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 18, 2014. 1. Don’t let your performance results define you. Instead…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 23, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 23, 2014. 1. The right thing to do is usually not…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 7, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 7, 2013. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Jerry Gibson! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 14, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 14, 2013. 1. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 27, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 27, 2013. 1. Today (1/31/2013), The Fundamental 5 (Cain & Laird)…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 20, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 20, 2013. 1. Ms. Bracken (Hines ES) hit for the cycle…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 4, 2012

When I talk to campus administrators about embedding the use of bootleg technology in their classrooms, I am bombarded with a variety of reasons why now is not the right time.  However, based on a recent report, yet another common reason “against” has been removed from the equation. What I often hear is, “The reason…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 29, 2012

Last week (Tuesday, May 1, 2012), I wrote about making the month of May count.  I listed four examples of things that schools could do during May to keep students engaged and instruction meaningful.  But I saved example number five for today’s post.  Make May your bootleg technology beta-testing month. This is your chance to…

A Reader Writes… Teacher Nests – Part 9

In response to the 12/6/11 post, “Teacher Nests – Part 8,” an old school LYSer writes: SC, I really enjoy the dialogue about teacher nesting habits and agree that it facilitates teachers staying in their comfort zone instead of the power zone. Teachers (and administrators) ought to plan on their seat but instruct (guide) on…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Nests – Part 6)

In response to the 8/19/11 post “Teacher Nests – Part 4,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, Just thought I would forward you what one of our teachers who moved to Dallas wrote about nesting Hi boss! I wanted to let you know that I got settled in my new school. It is a COMPLETELY different…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Nests – Part 4)

In response to the 8/12/11 post “Teacher Nests – Part 3,” a reader writes: The biggest bunch of bull I have ever read in my life. In order to de-nest, it will take hours away instruction; and to keep the classroom de-nested, likewise. This entire nesting theory of yours is just another way to micromanage…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Nests – Part 2)

In response to the 7/14/2011 post “Teacher Nests,” a reader writes: All right, I’ll do it. Since no one else will ask, what is a “Teacher Nest?” SC Response Of all the things I talk about, the topic of Teacher Nests cause the greatest consternation. Tell a teacher that the rigor and relevance of her…

A Reader Submits… “Cainify”

Welcome back, LYS Nation! Time to hit the ground running at full speed and make this our most productive school year yet. I thought we would start the New Year with a note I received from a LYS teacher over the holidays. SC, Just thought you would want to know, before we could leave for…
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