Top LYS Tweets – July 15, 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.   “Our public schools are not “charity.” Their budgets are not…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of November 5, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 5, 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. School culture doesn’t happen by accident. It…

Relevance is…

Relevance is not a teacher’s explanation, “You will need this when you balance your check book when you are older…” Relevance is the student connecting today’s content to some other part of her world.  That could be other content concepts, other courses, or outside of school. Now, why is this important.  Forget all the edu-triva…

Your Critical Writing Cheat Sheet

You want students to write critically in your class.  Why? Critical Writing is the most effective and time efficient way to increase both rigor and relevance in all content, in any instructional setting.  Don’t argue… it’s a fact. The secret to increasing the amount of critical writing that occurs in your classroom, no matter who…

The Critical Writing Song

I would like to share the lyrics of my new favorite song with the LYS Nation.  Feel free to hum along. Critical Writing Lyrics by the educators from Livingston ISD To the tune of “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith Now a critical write is a big misconception For teachers, mentors, aides and principals And…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – The Big Stretch

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp. I’m sharing the final post of this series, the tweets generated from the closing keynote address, The Big Stretch. “…WE believe adult practice drives student performance. What we do matters!” (By @Honeytres) Instructional innovation comes from schools facing…

A Reader Asks… The Instructional Rigor/Relevance Shift Map

A LYS Teacher who is using The Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan App (Fun 5 Plans) asks the following: SC, Good afternoon. Could you explain to me the instructional shift graph? What do the letters “O, C, W, and T” mean? And do the colors of the arrows mean anything? Thanks. SC Response Great questions. The…

A Reader Responds… Transforming Schools – Part 1

In response to the 2/11/14 post, “Nelson Coulter Writes… Transforming Schools 2.0,” a reader responds with the following: In other words, Texas school administrators in the South Plains are dead-set on further implementing Common Core practices and repackaged/renamed outcomes-based methodologies which have consistently failed for the last 45 years. SC Response Thank you for not…

The Fundamental 5 Lesson Planning App

A little known fact.  We built a Fundamental 5 Lesson Planning app for the I-Phone and I-Pad a little while ago.  The app guides a teacher in embedding the Fundamental 5 practices in every lesson.  As an added bonus, once the lesson plan is completed, the app displays a map of the Rigor and Relevance…

Top Tweets From the Week of September 8, 2013

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 8, 2013. 1. Instructional relevance occurs when the Student connects the…

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 Asks… A Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Template

A LYS teacher asks the following: SC, We are trying to design a new lesson plan template to use at our school that aligns with the Fundamental 5. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Or has the lesson plan app been completed? Thank you. SC Response I have good news and I’m going…

A Reader Writes… If We Could Just Keep Our ‘Friends’ From Helping – Part 1

In response to the 3/14/2012 post, “If We Could Just Keep Our ‘Friends’ From Helping,” a reader writes: SC, In response to “…running out of things to do” when teachers are using a ‘flipped’ environment. Teachers and students would actually have time to have a conversation about the subject matter and possibly veer off into…

A Reader Writes… (Mythology)

In response to the post, “Mythology” a reader writes: I enjoyed this article. Student engagement and purposeful talk are an informal way of assessing “who gets it and who doesn’t” in a jiffy. Most students lack descriptive words in their speech and can no more write than speak appropriately. They use the same words over…

A Reader Asks… Old or New Bloom’s

A new LYS Teacher asks:“SCThere has been some confusion the LYS training and the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The websites we have reviewed have old and new lists. We need to find out which version we are expected to use. Can you email me the official list?Old Bloom’s: Knowledge – Comprehension – Application – Analysis…

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…
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