A Reader Asks… Lesson Frame Depth

A LYS Teacher asks the following question: SC, How much detail should my Lesson Frame include? SC Response The Short Answer: Just enough. The Slightly Longer Answer: Great question, that a number of teachers struggle with.  Your Lesson Frame needs just enough details so the students know what they will be working on during that…

Lesson Framing is Powerful at Every Grade Level

A LYS Assistant Superintendent submitted the following: SC, One of our preschool students drew a picture of himself at school. When his mom asked him what the blue square was hanging beside him, he said that it was the Lesson Frame. Cute! The instructional and cultural shift in our district is reaching down to the…

A Reader Shares… The Power of the Fundamental 5

A LYS Assistant Superintendent shares the following: SC, I was sitting in on a PLC meeting at one of our campuses as teachers were discussing the continuous refinement of the Fundamental 5 in our classrooms. The conversations were as powerful as any I have been a part of in a PLC, but there were two teacher…

The Big Easy Shares… Second Grade Math Exit Ticket

The Big Easy sent the following note and picture: SC, I was on an LYS campus last week and a second grade teacher shared some exit tickets that her students had just completed. I’ve included a picture of one of them. Notice that the student had picked up on the power of the “We will…”…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of November 13th, 2011

And we’re back…. I hope everyone had a restful holiday. While we were gone, an LYS Teacher asked: SC, Do you have an electronic version of the Fundamental 5 lesson plan template? I would love to have it to type up and save versus copying and writing.SC Response Completely in line our advocacy of use…

A Reader Asks… PowerWalks and Fundamental 5 Support

A LYS Principal asks, SC, Is there a site or a group of contacts where we, as people that are using Power Walks and attempting to implement The Fundamental 5, can go to share ideas and/or ask questions to those who are also doing one or both? Specifically, I am looking for some advice on…

A Superintendent Submits… The Fundamental 5 – Doctoral Level Discussions

A LYS Superintendent sent in the following field report. SC, Hope all is going well. As you know, I’ve been working on my Doctorate. In my cohort, there are school leaders from across the country. Last week my class was discussing how we can help special education and ESL students prepare for state assessments. I…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of October 2, 2011

Our bootleg technology conversation is dramatically different (if it exists at all) without the presence of Steve Jobs. With bootleg technology have a tool that is beyond the realm of imagination for prior generations of educators. We just have to figure out how to use it. A number of you in the LYS Nation are…

A Reader Asks… More K, 1, and 2 Lesson Frames

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC,I need some more examples of K, 1, and 2 Lesson Frames. My teachers are trying, but we can use a little extra help.Thanks, LYS rocks! SC ResponseThis is a great request to pass on to the LYS Nation. So all of you Elementary LYS’ers, if you have couple…

A Reader Writes… (Lesson Framing – Part 3)

In response to the post, “Lesson Framing – Part 2,” a reader writes: “This reminds me of a conversation I had last night at a district parent meeting. I was telling a person that I mentor that turning around schools isn’t that hard. My words were obviously contrary to the prevailing wisdom being shared that…

A Reader Writes… (Lesson Framing – Part 2)

In response to the post, “Lesson Framing,” a reader writes: “Great post! You are right to state that lesson framing is not “easy.” Like most of the LYS principles taught and shared by Sean Cain, they are not difficult, they are just down right bold and smooth (kind of like my favorite beer). Unfortunately, the…

A Reader Writes… (Lesson Framing – Part 1)

In response to the post, “Lesson Framing,” a reader writes: “Lesson Framing? What is the LYS version of this concept in the lesson cycle? If it works, I want to investigate, model and implement!” SC ResponseIf it works? You know us better than that. Of course it works. Lesson Framing is the set up practice…

A Reader Shares… Lesson Framing

The following is an excerpt of a message from a teacher at an LYS school. “Here are a few things that I noticed about Lesson Framing over the last couple of days. 1. It’s NOT as time-consuming as people think because you can give the kids hints on what you are doing and they will…

A Reader Writes… Get Ready for Prime Time

In response to the post, “Get Ready for Prime Time,” a reader asks: “Sean, I want my school to start this strong in the spring. What does “Frame” the lesson mean? This sounds like powerful stuff!” SC ResponseAs over 4,000 teachers across the nation can now attest, there may be nothing more powerful. Framing the…

Get Ready for Prime Time

The following has been written primarily for Texas schools. Second semester is the kick off of Prime Time. If you are not running full speed everyday before TAKS, then you are falling behind. I’ve been visiting schools over the past two weeks and the conversation always arrives at the following question, “How should we start…

The LYS Nation

The LYS Nation continues to grow and knows no (social) boundaries. Last week I was out having dinner with my wife and a friend of ours (I won’t drop names, but she is one of the premiere writing experts in the country). As we are eating, a young woman comes up and sits at our…
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