A Reader Asks… The Instructional Rigor/Relevance Shift Map

A LYS Teacher who is using The Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan App (Fun 5 Plans) asks the following: SC, Good afternoon. Could you explain to me the instructional shift graph? What do the letters “O, C, W, and T” mean? And do the colors of the arrows mean anything? Thanks. SC Response Great questions. The…

The Fundamental 5 Lesson Planning App

A little known fact.  We built a Fundamental 5 Lesson Planning app for the I-Phone and I-Pad a little while ago.  The app guides a teacher in embedding the Fundamental 5 practices in every lesson.  As an added bonus, once the lesson plan is completed, the app displays a map of the Rigor and Relevance…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 5, 2012

I recently read an article addressing some of the problems associated with bootleg technology in the classroom. In the article a teacher points out that with I-Pads, students quickly get off task.  It seems that every time the teacher turns her back, the students start playing games on the device. And there is the rub,…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 22, 2012

Admittedly, when it comes to bootleg technology, one of the biggest concern of educators is, “How do you keep students from ignoring their assignments and the teacher?” Previously, we have discussed rules and reasonable consequences.  But in reality, it all boils down to the individual teacher (as does everything important as it relates to teaching…

A Principal Shares… The Power of the Fundamental 5

In response to the 3/7/2012 post, “State of the Blog – The Last 100 Posts (1,000 and Counting),” a reader shares: SC, The LYS blog has been a great companion and source for strength when bringing change to my middle school campus. In the Fall semester, we completed a campus book study of the “Fundamental…

A Reader Asks… A Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Template

A LYS teacher asks the following: SC, We are trying to design a new lesson plan template to use at our school that aligns with the Fundamental 5. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Or has the lesson plan app been completed? Thank you. SC Response I have good news and I’m going…

LYS App Upgrade… Fun 5 Plans

Hundreds of teachers currently use Fun 5 Plans. This lesson plan app lets teachers build lessons with the Fundamental 5 practices embedded throughout and then maps instructional Rigor and Relevance. If you are not using it, not only is it really cool, you have just been rewarded for waiting. How? The upgraded app was just…
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