Top LYS Tweets from the Week of February 12, 2012

This week, in the midst of conducting over fifty classroom observations (a normal occurrence), I realized something. There is a huge difference between traditional technology and bootleg technology. Traditional technology is expensive, intrusive and teacher–centric. Everyone gets expensive, but by intrusive I mean its use requires the subtraction of another activity (there are only so…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of February 5, 2012

I was recently talking to an assistant superintendent about the issues facing her district (which were many). During our conversation, she said something that I had to quickly address. In her assessment of the district, she felt that if there were more technology in the classroom the academic performance issues in the district would quickly…

A LYS (and Game On!) Principal Shares… The Cleaning Fairy

A LYS Principal shares a team memo from her Game On! campus. If you are new to the blog, the Game On! campuses are LYSers on steroids. Their performance is legendary. Now the memo: The Cleaning Fairy made a few stops this weekend! I know you LOVE it when she comes for a visit 🙂…

A Reader Asks… Modeling Examples

A LYS Teacher asks a question concerning my comments concerning schools that model expected behaviors: SC, I would love for you to share some examples of modeled student expectations you have seen and liked. SC Response This is a great time to answer this question. Here are a couple of examples that I observe every…

Doc Seabolt Clarifies… (Common Assessment Data Analysis – Part 3)

In response to the 4/22/2011 post, “Common Assessment Data Analysis – Part 2,” Doc Seabolt continues with: When I say at first let kids choose their level of differentiation, the operative words are “at first.” Combined with a concept like Game On, most kids will strive for more. However, if a student is observed consistently…

The First Day of the School Year and Horne Elementary

Ask a premier coach in any sport when the next season begins. His or her answer will be, “The day after this season ends.” The staff Horne Elementary (a LYS and Game On school) understands this. The 2010/2011 school year that ended on Thursday, June 2, 2011 wasn’t to their liking. For this 1,100 student,…

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…

The Awesome Work of a LYS Assistant Principal

Check out the great video that LYS Assistant Principal (and former LYS and Game On! Teacher) Kenneth Henry made with the students on his campus Holmsley Elementary. Make sure you check out the end credits. If you aren’t pumped up (and choked up) by the end of the video, then at the very least you…

A Reader Writes… (Game On! Schools – Part 5)

In response to the 12/7/2010 post, “Game On! Schools – Part 3,” a reader writes: I am all for a little competition, but this sounds just a little aggressive. I would like to know how Game On schools manage their time, and of the entire day what part of their time is most valuable to…

A Reader Writes… (Game On! Schools Write – Part 4)

In response to the 11/28/2010 post, “Game On! Schools Write – Part 2,” an assistant principal writes: I agree with teamwork, 100%. But, I have a question. What if you are designated as a change agent for your school’s vision and your Principal is no longer willing to support the change as originally agreed to?…

The Power of Healthy Competition

This weekend, one of the LYS Game On! schools sent me a motivational video that a head coach made for her team. The short version of Game On! is that every component of student performance is measured and embedded into a school-wide game. In this case, one team had been coming up short in number…

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday

To the LYS Nation, Half of the school year is in the books. Time flies when you are having fun. Now is the time to enjoy some time with family and loved ones and recharge our batteries so we start the second semester at full speed. I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and the…

A Reader Writes… (Game On! Schools – Part 3)

In response to the 11/28/2010 post, “Game On! Schools Write – Part 2,” a reader writes: OK. I’m convinced!! I’ve been reading about Game On! for a few weeks and I really want to know more about it. My campus is very poised for this type of PLC push. Where can I find out more…

Game On! School Write – Part 2

In response to the post “The LYS Nation in the News,” on 11/4/2010, Dr. Stephen Wurtz writes: Game On! is an incredible system designed by Sean Cain and the Lead Your School organization. I love the systematic approach to increasing student academic achievement while fostering character development and person responsibility. Game On! has helped to…

Some Game On! Schools Write – Part 1

In response to the newspaper article and video on the Game On! school (11/4/2010), the principals of some other Game On! schools write: LYS Principal #1: I just saw the video on Game On! with Wurtz. That is so cool. Congrats to the school and LYS. LYS Principal #2 OMG – I am soooo excited.…

Game On! video clip

Above is a TV segment on the success of Game On! at an elementary school in Irving, Texas.How’s that for excitement?Think. Work. Achieve.Your turn…

The LYS Nation in the News

Click on the link below. It is about a newspaper article reporting on a LYS principal and the success he has had at his school since he took over. http://neighborsgo.com/stories/61573 And yes, Game On! is pure LYS. Beware of bootleg versions and contact us if you are interested.Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

A Reader Writes… (Game On! – Part 2)

In response to the posts referencing “Game On!” a reader asks: “What is Game On?”SC ResponseGame On is the LYS professional learning community on steroids. It structures the entire campus in a way to motivate students to work hard every day and provide the staff an opportunity to conduct continuous action research. This entire structure…

A Reader Writes… (Game On!)

In response to the post, “Game On!” another LYS and Game On! Principal writes: “Thanks for sharing this awesome story! I read it over the announcements this morning and am getting incredible feedback. Game On! works if you are willing to work it yourself. Kudos to you and your staff for being brave and courageous!!”…

A Reader Shares… Game On!

A LYS (and first year Game On!) Principal shares the following: Sean, One of my initially skeptical teachers shared the following with me this week.“Partly because I’m the one who spoke up about negative feelings about Game On, I wanted to share something a student said today. After taking a district math quiz, one student…

An Open Letter from One Student to Another

The reader the suggested that LYS is for students, may not have been that far off. The following is a letter from one Game On! school 5th grade student to a student at another Game On! school. Note: Game On! is an LYS innovative learning community model. “December 2009Dear Game On! Student,I think that Game…

First Day of School – Report 1

First the good news. I talked to a number of schools today that reported that the first day went without a hitch. Including one elementary that had the smoothest opening in the history of the school (of course, what else would you expect from a Game On! school). It goes to show that when the…

A Reader Writes… (Conference – Part 3)

“My principal has provided my school the opportunity to work with Sean Cain for the past 3 years. We have implemented the many suggestions that he has provided, including the GAME ON system, and our school has seen a tremendous turn around. Administrator accountability, teacher accountability, and student accountability have all soared. Sean and his…
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