T-TESS Alignment to the Observation Modules of PowerWalks

This is the conclusion of the series of posts addressing T-TESS Alignment. See the 9/29/2015 post, “T-TESS Alignment to The Foundation Trinity,” and the 9/30/2015 post, “T-TESS Alignment to The Fundamental 5.”  Today I’m addressing the campus administrator concern of finding a classroom observation protocol that is aligned to the T-TESS.  The search is a…

Fundamental 5 National Summit – Early Registration

  This wise owl is worried you’ll miss your chance to save money on your  2014 TASSP 2nd Annual National Fundamental Five Conference on Student Success Registration. And he is keeping watch on our calendar – MONDAY, September 22, is your last chance to register at the discounted rate and to secure your housing at…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 7, 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 September 7, 2014. 1. Instructional leaders never forget that your attitude is…

Coming Next Month… The Fundamental 5 National Summit

The second annual Fundamental 5 National Summit will be held in Austin, Texas on October 5th and 6th.  Last year over 400 educators from across the country (and Canada) met for the purpose of better implementing the Fundamental 5 on their campuses. This is a practitioner’s summit, with real live teachers and campus administrators leading the breakout sessions.…

The Critical Writing Song

I would like to share the lyrics of my new favorite song with the LYS Nation.  Feel free to hum along. Critical Writing Lyrics by the educators from Livingston ISD To the tune of “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith Now a critical write is a big misconception For teachers, mentors, aides and principals And…

Register Now… The Fundamental 5 National Summit

The second annual Fundamental 5 National Summit will be held in Austin, Texas on October 5th and 6th.  Last year over 400 educators from across the country (and Canada) met for the purpose of better implementing the Fundamental 5 on their campuses. This is a practitioner’s summit, with real live teachers and campus administrators leading…

The Davis Report: PowerWalks and The Fundamental 5

Recently, Dr. James Davis completed a study on the effect of The Fundamental 5 and PowerWalks on instructional rigor.  Interesting reading and the findings validate what we had been observing in the field.  But Davis added a wrinkle to his study that we weren’t expecting.  Along with all the performance indicators, Davis also asked teachers…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 24, 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 August 24, 2014. 1. “The Court further finds that the Legislature has…

Meet the New Fundamental 5 Classroom Timer App

The most difficult daily task for teachers is perhaps the most mundane, time management.  In a work environment that requires the constant management of personalities, content, behaviors, questions and administrivia – time alternates between flying and standing still.  Which means that teachers need a tool to help them implement the practices they want to do…

New From the Lead Your School Lab… The Fundamental 5 Classroom App

That’s right, the team down in the lab have created a new tool for teachers, The Fundamental 5 Classroom Timer App.  What the app does is allow you, the teacher, to program in the times for your warm-up, small group purposeful talk sessions and closing question. The app also allows you to select and enter…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 17, 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 August 17, 2014. 1. “The great news is that the BEST days…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – The Big Stretch

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp. I’m sharing the final post of this series, the tweets generated from the closing keynote address, The Big Stretch. “…WE believe adult practice drives student performance. What we do matters!” (By @Honeytres) Instructional innovation comes from schools facing…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 10, 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 August 10, 2014. 1. Dear “Cut All Taxes” Political Candidate: Either you’re…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Critical Writing Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets generated from Leslie Meek’s “Critical Writing” breakout sessions. Free Write, Fill-in-the-Blank, and Copying from the Board are NOT Writing Critically!!!!! (By @runnergirl70) “Throw the skunk on the table.”  Use data to identify…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Small Group Purposeful Talk Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets generated from Traci Tousant’s “Small Group Purposeful Talk” breakout sessions. Increased attention through purposeful talk. Teach a little then let learners talk!! (By @TinaTagsIt) If learners are silent, are they learning for…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Recognize & Reinforce Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets generated from Rebecca Dickens’ “Recognize & Reinforce” breakout sessions. Success is doing better today than I did yesterday. (By @LYSNation) Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. (By @ElredgeWendy) Tie recognition…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Frame the Lesson Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets the were inspired from Amy Henderson’s, Frame the Lesson, breakout sessions. “When the teacher frames the lesson, he/she teaches deeper and stronger — RIGOR… (By @tbrown6567) If we don’t close the lesson…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Fundamental Change Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  To share the great insights and thinking that occurred at the camp, over the next few days I will share the best tweets from participants, categorized by topic. Today I’m sharing the tweets leading up to and…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 27, 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 July 27, 2014. 1. If you grade in such a way that…

Your Prioritized Improvement Actions

As you are getting ready for the upcoming school year, I want to help you prioritize the actions that will maximize effort and performance, for both students and teachers. 1. Teach the right thing, at the right time, at the right rigor.  If this is not occurring, at scale, even though the students and staff…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 6, 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 July 6, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Monte Pritchett! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 29, 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 June 29, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Rita Pintaville! She’s the new…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 22, 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 June 22, 2014. 1. Write everyday. Nothing is better for processing your…

A Reader Writes… Commencement Address – Part 1

In response to the 6/10/14 post, “Commencement Address – Four Practices,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, Tell me you didn’t Fundamental 5 a Commencement Address!?!?  I can’t wait to share this with my teachers when they come back in August.  Unbelievable! Did any of the teachers and administrators in attendance “get it”? SC Response Believe…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 15, 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 June 15, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Carlin Grammer! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 8, 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 June 8, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Helen Smith! She is the…

Commencement Address – Four Practices

Last week I had the honor of being the commencement speaker at a local high school graduation. I had a great time and the students were fantastic.  Below is the draft of my speech. When Dr. Laird asked that I speak to you on this exciting day, I was both honored and confused.  Honored to…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 1, 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 June 1, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Mary Paul! She is the…

A Reader Shares… It’s a Fundamental 5 World

Blog Post: A Reader Shares… It’s a Fundamental 5 World A LYS Principal shares the following: SC, I’m currently at my state’s Principals Conference. It just delights me to hear about The Fundamental Five in our conference presentations.  I have been to three conferences this year and have heard The Fundamental Five mentioned at every…

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…
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