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…

A Reader Asks… Lesson Closure in a Performance Classroom

A LYS Teacher asks the following: SC, I have a particular question about Fundamental 5 and Framing the Lesson. I have been teaching now for 20 years, and this year is the first time I have taught with the objective in mind and not with the lesson in mind.  I am finding greater success and am…

Instructional Rigor: What Does “Creating” Look Like – Part 2

Note: First read the 1/24/2019 post “Instructional Rigor: What Does Creating Look Like – Part 1.” Once it dawns on instructional leaders the daunting and rare nature of “Creating” level rigor, the protests begin… “Well how is that supposed to occur in a (insert any grade / content) classroom?!” My response is, “Why should it?” This…

Instructional Rigor: What Does “Creating” Look Like – Part 1

I get to work with hundreds of instructional leaders who are actively engaged in the formative observation and coaching process. I’m not counting the big seminar sessions that I do throughout the year. This is on-site, in the field, hands-on training and real discussions.  We spend a lot of time working to accurately determine the level…

Top LYS Tweets – November 19, 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.   Leadership tip: Point out disappointing results. “We aren’t getting adequate…

The Problem With Individual Teacher Tests

Recently I was working with a campus staff that is aggressively improving. Not because they have to; but because they want to.  Which is significantly more impressive.  They are getting ready to embrace the common assessment process next year and the question came up, “Why are common assessments better than individual teacher tests?”   A…

Top LYS Tweets – May 22, 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.   For five years U.S. Senator John McCain woke up every…

Blog Post: Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 12, 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. 1. The depth of student thinking in the typical high school…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 12, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 12, 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. It is not about who is in…

A Check List for School Improvement

The Quality of Delivered Instruction Is No Longer Enough. I’ll repeat that. The quality of delivered instruction is no longer enough to ensure adequate student performance.  But why?  The brutal, yet consistently ignored truth is that the expert delivery of the wrong content will not produce improved student performance.  Which means that student success is…

Rigor Is…

Rigor is NOT what the teacher has written on the board, “The student will CREATE a foldable.” Rigor is not what the teacher says, “So as you can see class, the parallels between the Elections of 1800 and 2016 are more numerous than appears at first glance…” Rigor is NOT more work, “Instead of five…

A Reader Asks… PowerWalks and the Skeptical Teacher (The Davis Report)

Last week (on 3/29/17) I shared how I would respond to a teacher who was skeptical about the value of PowerWalks. Today’s post highlights what the Davis Report states about PowerWalks and improved teaching.  Click HERE to read the entire report. 1. The Davis Report presents evidence that suggests strong relationships exist between PowerWalks, the…

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…

Use Your Data Better This Year

Most schools and educators use student performance data to sort students.  The students take some sort of assessment (it doesn’t matter at what level, classroom to entire state), the school gets the results and teachers start sorting.  You know the groups… Super Stars, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Maybe With Devine Intervention. Here’s the thing,…

A Reader Asks… Reducing the Number of Re-testers

A LYS Reader asks: SC, I attended my state’s Principals’ Conference this summer and had the pleasure of attending two of your new presentations.  I have heard you speak several times over the past few years and have slowly introduced your ideas and suggestions them to my staff.  This year we are going to focus…

The New Normal For Classroom Instruction

Today’s teacher is expected to cover more content, at higher rigor, with significantly more student success (in terms of both height and scale) than ever before in the history of our profession.  This is a new model of teacher craft.  A model that none of us in school administration implemented consistently (if at all). So…

A Principal Asks… Lesson Frames in the Performance Classroom

A new, but learning fast, LYS Principal asks: SC, I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on how to have my music teacher close his lessons effectively?  He is struggling to understand how Lesson Framing integrates in a performance based class and frankly, so am I. Thanks! SC Response A great and…

The Effect of Free Time in the Classroom

Free time in the classroom is an all too common occurrence.  There are even those who advocate for more of it. Though by doing so they seem to be more of apologists than advocates.  None-the-less, the purpose of this post is not to debate the merits, or lack thereof, of free time.  No, the purpose…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 16, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 16, 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. The time is always right to do…

Top Tweets From the Week of January 25, 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 January 25, 2015. 1. We applaud innovation, and for good reason, but…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 5, 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 October 5, 2014. 1. A big “THANK YOU” to the organizers, presenters…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 28, 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 28, 2014. 1. The magic of instruction is in the delivery!!!…

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…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Frame the Lesson Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets the were inspired from Amy Henderson’s, Frame the Lesson, breakout sessions. “When the teacher frames the lesson, he/she teaches deeper and stronger — RIGOR… (By @tbrown6567) If we don’t close the lesson…

Your Prioritized Improvement Actions

As you are getting ready for the upcoming school year, I want to help you prioritize the actions that will maximize effort and performance, for both students and teachers. 1. Teach the right thing, at the right time, at the right rigor.  If this is not occurring, at scale, even though the students and staff…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 20, 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 20, 2014. 1. Rigor is not about complex content. Rigor is…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 15, 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 15, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Carlin Grammer! He is the…

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…
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