Top LYS Tweets – August 13, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week 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.   Why is it okay to have students redo courses they fail,…

Top LYS Tweets – June 18, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week 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.   “In Arizona, the only state that rivals Florida when it…

Common Sense is not Common Practice – The Final Can Only Help You

When is the best time to determine the level of student learning? At the beginning of a course? The middle of a course? Or the end of a course?   I hope you said, “The end.” Because that is when the determination really matters.  Because up until the end, it’s just practice.   Except with…

Common Sense is not Common Practice – No Finals Exeptions

This is a great time to set in motion a better, common sense practice to replace an all too common bad practice… Exempting students from finals.   “But Sean, we have to exempt students from finals so BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.”   I’ve heard it all.  And in all cases, the school is willing to sacrifice…

Top LYS Tweets – February 5, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week 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.   February 5th is the deadline to register to vote! Get…

There are Only Two Honest Grades

With every school I work with at some point a conversation about student grades will come up. Because every school I have ever worked with does NOT grade student achievement fairly and accurately.  By the way, that is fact… Not opinion. Now I know you are upset and are about to either hit the unsubscribe…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of November 26, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 26, 2017 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. Students should spend a large portion of…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 17, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 17, 2017 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. NO research shows that giving a low…

Cultivating Effort

I had one of those days today that you circle and look back on with pride.  I was working with a high school staff that has already moved past typical.  And as such, they are hungry to conquer the next challenge.  So, we were working on increasing both content pacing and student cognition in the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 25, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 25, 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. “The underlying art of teaching is assisting…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 21, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 21, 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. Give students many opportunities to get off…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 14, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 14, 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. A student has to receive nine 100’s…

Do You Want Grades or Information

There are way too many campus-based educators who hate and openly fight the short-cycle common assessment process.  A primary motivation for this behavior is that these educators value good grades over good information. If you want grades, common assessments are not the way to go. Instead you should go with the traditional test comprised of…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 10, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 10, 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. “If you cannot win, make the one…

A Reader Writes… Pass / Fail – Part 2

In response to the 9/22/2015 post, “Pass / Fail – Part 1,” a reader writes: SC, I agree with what you are saying. But what is the most viable alternative? How do we move whole systems to change after all of this time? A new, better system will require a huge education for not only…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 1, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 1, 2015 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. “Grades don’t motivate kids. Teachers motivate kids!”…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 25, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 25, 2015 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. Did you talk to a teacher today?…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 27, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 27, 2015 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. Congratulations to LYSer, Christopher Taylor! He is…

Top LYS Posts From the Week of September 20, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 20, 2015 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. Public education is our single greatest wealth-generating,…

A Reader Writes… Pass / Fail – Part 1

In response to the 8/18/15 post, “Pass / Fail,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent (and one of the really big brains in education today) writes: SC, Amen and AMEN!! Grading could very well be the greatest obstacle to innovative teaching and deep, meaningful learning. SC Response I cannot agree more.  The amazing thing to me is…

Pass / Fail

Too many of our school policies de-motivate more students than they motivate, and grading is right up at the top of the list.  At the high school level, we be begin grading 9th graders on Day One, when most of them are still trying to learn where their classes are, how to the navigate the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 26, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 26, 2015 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. Transformational leaders have effect size of .11.…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 12, 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 July 12, 2015. 1. If somebody doesn’t disagree with you about something,…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 5, 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 July 5, 2015. 1. If you truly believe that elementary students are…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of December 14, 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 December 14, 2014. 1. E. Don Brown: “The master schedule should be…

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…

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…

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…

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 April 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 April 27, 2014. 1. The most important responsibility of the Principal: Set…
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