Top LYS Tweets – September 16, 2019

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.   “When we neglect our public schools, we neglect the common…

Top LYS Tweets – September 9, 2019

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.   Either we address the fact that it is too easy…

In Defense Of Lesson Plans

There is some buzz building among principals to stop requiring teachers to turn in lesson plans. Lots of reasons why people think this is a good idea. Most of them seem rational and logical.   They are all wrong.   For example, I heard a principal say out loud, “I don’t want my teachers spending…

When To Start Re-teaching

The warm-up, during the first three to five minutes of class, is the perfect time to re-teach critical concepts that students are struggling to understand. And this is a classroom routine that you want to establish immediately. However, most teachers want to wait until students struggle with current content before beginning the practice.   Don’t…

Top LYS Tweets – August 19, 2019

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.   I didn’t win the rich Daddy lottery, so I needed…

The Fundamental 5 Fest In Austin, Texas – Don’t Miss Out

For Teachers and School Leaders at All Levels! Submit you presentation proposal now! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); ASCD Empower Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

When To Start Tutoring

Over the next couple of weeks the new school year will begin (or it already has begun). So should before school and after school tutoring… During the first week of school.   You might protest and say, “But no one needs tutoring yet.”   If this is you, that would be wrong.  On the first…

The Fundamental 5 National Summit – Register Today!

Register now, before The Five Fest sells out.  Because it always does! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); ASCD Empower Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Top LYS Tweets – August 5, 2019

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.   “On the surface of it, school choice sounds like a…

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

A few presentation slots are available for practitioners (teachers, instructional coaches, campus administrators) to share their Fundamental 5 success strategies and implementation tips. Don’t wait to submit, time is short! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); ASCD Empower Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on…

Who’s Room Is It

This is the time of year when teachers start setting up their rooms. Too often, what appears to be set up is a themed living room / kitchen combo. You know, the classroom with a teacher recliner, family pictures, coffee pot, microwave and two content related posters.   Just know that when you do this,…

The 5th Five Fest – Registration Now Open

All Grades! All States!! All Awesome!!! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); ASCD Empower Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Rethinking High School GPA

Let’s admit that for any given year high school GPA is a better gauge of game playing and parental oversight than academic performance.   Let’s change the game.   Here’s what I would do.   First, I wouldn’t count lower level courses for GPA calculations. Why should it matter if one freshman got an A…

Schedule Your Fall Campus Fundamental 5 Training Now

Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; FCSTAT Summer Conference (Keynote); Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); RISE Education Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Summer Regression And The Educator Belief In Magic

As educators, we all know that student regression over the Summer is a real thing. Teachers with a couple of years’ experience have a pretty good feel for how much regression to expect by grade and content for the students served at their particular campus.   You may now nod your head in silent agreement.…

Top LYS Tweets – June 24, 2019

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.   Zip Codes—the best indicator of school quality in most American…

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 2019

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.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 2019

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.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (May 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (May 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

Top LYS Tweets – June 3, 2019

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.   “Only public schools can deliver on the promise of quality…

Top LYS Tweets – May 28, 2019

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.   Regardless of what you may believe or rationalize, not attending…

Credit Recovery

Recently I was asked, “Does a credit recovery program cheapen a high school diploma?”   That is a great question, that requires a little reflection before answering.  Because the short answer is, “Yes. A credit recovery program does cheapen a high school diploma.”   The complicated answer is,  “Yes. But it doesn’t matter” . Here…

Top LYS Tweets – May 20, 2019

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.   You did not wake up this morning to be mediocre.(By…

Top LYS Tweets – May 13, 2019

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.   School administrators, the craft has evolved over the past 20…

A Reader Asks… Power Zone in the Choir Room

A LYS campus leader asks the following:   SC, This one has stumped us, so we’re leaving it up to you to clarify. Our choir teacher is playing the piano while the students are singing.  Is he considered to be in the Power Zone?   SC Response That’s a good one. My answer…   It…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (April 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

Top LYS Tweets – May 6, 2019

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. “Despite their name, these tax-subsidized scholarships to private schools do not…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (April 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

What Proactive Instructional Leadership Looks Like – The Raw Numbers

The critical step in becoming an effective instructional leader and an expert in pedagogy is observing a LOT of instruction. I constantly point this out in presentations, trainings, writings and conversations. The bottom line is that the instruction leaders that consistently visit classrooms separate themselves from instructional leaders that do not. There is no short…
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