Top LYS Tweets – December 10, 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.   Principals have no excuse not to be visible, present and…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of October 15, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 15, 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. Schools should be shining sanctuaries of learning.…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 23, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 23, 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 price of leadership is conflict. (By…

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 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 13, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 13, 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. As a principal it’s your job to…

The Big Easy Writes… Its What We Do

LYS Coaching Legend, “The Big Easy,” shares the following: SC, I wanted to share a message that one of our principals sent me today. “As always, I enjoyed our visit. I appreciate you taking time to provide me feedback over the years of your observations. And for the time you took to provide me with…

A Superintendent Writes… Chain of Command

A LYS Superintendent shares the following: LYS Nation, My understanding of Chain of Command has evolved as I have progressed through my career. And I have recently learned a very valuable lesson this year that I want to share.   Entry-level and mid-level administrators often view following the chain of command as essential to maintaining…

A Reader Writes… Immediate Feedback After a Short Walk-thru – Part 1

In response to the 1/23/2013 post, “Immediate Feedback After a Short Walk-thru,” a reader writes: SC, We’ve discussed this before, but I have to put in my two cents on, “Should I give teachers feedback after every short walk-thru?” My answer is, “If you can, you need to try and give some type of feedback,…

A Reader Writes… Advice for the First Year Principal – Reboot 1

In response to the 7/18/2010 post, “Advice for the First Year Principal,” a reader who was browsing the LYS Blog archives writes: I disagree with #3. I work at a school for a new principal with whom I have a good working relationship (This is possibly due to the nature of my position). Our teaching…

A Reader Writes… Student Apathy – Part 1

In response to the 3/29/2012 post, “A New Principal Asks… Student Apathy,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, This was an excellent and timely post – I appreciate the practices and ideas you have expressed in this post. SC  Response Thanks for the positive comment.  And your campus (a junior high school, no less) is a…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 15, 2012

In a recent survey of students, a significant percentage of them admitted using their cell phones to cheat in class.  First, the good news.  This means a significant percentage of students admitted to using their cell phones for academic purposes.  Now the bad news, if cell phones can be used for cheating, that means that…

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…

The Big Easy Writes… Teacher Nests – Part 8

In response to the 9/30/11 post, “Teacher Nests – Part 5,” the Big Easy writes: I consider it a “slow news day” when we have to resort to talking about teacher nests (I know I am the one that brought it up). You are 100% right – instruction should always be the primary focus. No…

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…

A Reader Writes… (Poisonous Staff – Part 5)

In response to the 12/2/2010 post, “Poisonous Staff – Part 3,” the original writer sends in another update:For yet another follow up, my relationship with the faculty member I first wrote about is now quite strong. In fact, I see the beginnings of a good administrator in this person. If your principal is getting push…

A Reader Writes… (Your Can Do It, Quick – Part 2)

In response to the post, “Reader’s Write… (You Can Do It, Quick)“, a reader writes: “This post was a joke, right? LYS calls everyone out from time to time: teachers, principals, superintendents, school boards, and each other. No one is spared scrutiny. No one escapes accountability. I have known Cain, Brown, and Brezina for years…

P.T.I.

Pardon the interruption to the regularly scheduled blog post for an important announcement. If you are a user of the most powerful instructional observation tool available, you can now generate real time “Rigor, Relevance and Relationship” reports. This is in addition to the 18 standard reports and literally 1000’s of customized reports. As was heard…

A Reader Writes… (Advice 2/7/10 – Part 5)

In response to the posts relating to, “A Reader Shares… Sunday Advice (2/7/10),” a reader writes: “SC, as a former principal and a current assistant superintendent I think you are dead on in your analysis of positional roles and agendas. There are many of my decisions that I now have to make knowing that no…

A Reader Writes… (Using Rewards)

In response to the post, “Using Rewards,” a reader writes: “In my 18 years of experience in education, I have yet to witness someone not react positively to being rewarded for achieving their goals. I have seen students and teachers blossom merely from receiving a few kind words of acknowledgement for their efforts. It goes…

A Reader Writes… (DAEP – Part 4)

In response to the post, “And Your Point Is,” a reader writes: “I recently had a student in a bad situation. The student had a long term placement due to an ARD decision. The long term placement was not working. We were on the verge of having a real failure to meet FAPE with no…
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