Top LYS Tweets – February 25, 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.   “With profit as a motive in Oklahoma’s school choice movement,…

Top LYS Tweets – February 18, 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.   “The heart of any school is the teacher. The only…

Student Cheating

As I have participated in and observed education over the past 25 years, my opinion on student cheating has evolved.   Originally, I believed that cheating in school was a sign of dishonesty and weak character. And with college and post-secondary students, I still lean that direction. But with K-12 students I don’t think that…

A New Principal Asks… Rooms of Chaos

A 1st year LYS Principal asks…   SC,   Like every other new Principal, I have been given the advice by many to, “Not change anything the first year.”   But my school is a MESS. The classrooms are junky and disorganized!  Should I wait when I know kids are surrounded by chaos? Or, should I address…

Top LYS Tweets – September 24, 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.   Public school administrators and school board members ARE NOT prohibited…

Top LYS Tweets – September 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.   Schools are better today than they were yesterday. How do…

Student Punishment Alternatives – Option 4

You realize that punishment doesn’t work.  But you also know that in the real world some issues need a level of restitution. Which is why I am a big fan of service learning as a replacement consequence. The offender gets to reflect, put in some sweat equity, and most importantly feel a sense of pride…

Student Punishment Alternatives – Option 3

You are starting to feel a little more confident with reducing the amount of punishment administered on your campus. But having only two punishment replacement options seem limiting. It is. So here is my favorite strategy. I implemented it when I was an assistant principal and it changed the culture of the campus almost overnight.…

Student Punishment Alternatives – Option 2

You realize that punishment doesn’t work.  You have committed to using the Apology Strategy, discussed yesterday.  But that didn’t magically solve every student discipline issue. Some of your students require more one-on-one time with you.  So, give it to them. Create a “Student Greeter” program.   As a decent school administrator, you have a morning…

Student Punishment Alternatives – Option 1

We over-punish students in school because it is just so darn easy.   Student does Infraction A. We administer Punishment Z. Problem solved. Next!   Except punishment doesn’t work (don’t argue against this fact, you will lose).   But the real world issue is that there needs to be some sort of consequence that reduces…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – March 6, 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.   Public schoolteachers are our children’s first responders. They should be…

Top LYS Tweet from the Week of November 19, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 19, 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. He is the Baptist preacher who stands…

Character Education Programs

Due to my background and travels, a lot of educators will ask me about character education / discipline management programs.  Which ones work best, which one to avoid, etc.?  There are lots of good ones out there.  Personally, I endorse Girls and Boys Town.  Girls and Boys Town is to discipline management what Benjamin Bloom…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of April 30, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 30, 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. There is real risk that a federally…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 12, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 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. Do not underestimate the value of example,…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 5, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 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. …Vouchers steal from the poor to give…

Just Enough Consequence

I ended yesterday’s post, “The Problem and the Solution,” with the statement, “It’s not personal… It’s professional.” Here’s what that means to the administrator who is dealing with a teacher’s student discipline issue. As the administrator, I want to deliver just enough consequence to achieve the desired outcome.  And there is the rub.  The angry…

The Problem and the Solution

Today, I was on a campus training teachers. A teacher comes to my third period session beet red and spitting venom. It seems that she sent a student to the office for immediate execution and the assistant principal just administered a slap on the wrist. Yet another case of administration not supporting teachers. After she…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 5, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 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. When a student makes a poor choice…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 6, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 6, 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. Congratulations to Ms. Gadeke (El Campo MS)!…

When Observing a Class – Do Something if Necessary

This year I’ve been training a large number of professional support staff on how to conduct formative classroom visits. This is a good thing.  But these new observers aren’t Assistant Principals or Principals and that has highlighted a blind spot in our observer training, which I’m rectifying now. You are the observer, and you visit…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 28, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 28, 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. Congratulations to LYSer, Dr. Bake Baron! He…

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…

A Reader Asks… Five Assistant Principal Hacks – Part 3

In response to the 4/14/16 post, “Five Assistant Principal Hacks,” a LYS Principal asks: SC, I need to know more about #1, “The written apology letter to the offended teacher is the best consequence for the student sent to the office, for almost every offense.”  Sounds soft, but I know you better than that. SC…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 24, 2016

Blog Post: Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 24, 2016 If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 24, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who…

A Reader Asks… Five Assistant Principal Hacks – Part 2

In response to the 4/14/16 post, “Five Assistant Principal Hacks,” a LYS campus administrator asks: SC, Tell me more about #4, “Take care of discipline in the hallway, outside the classroom, not in your office.” Thank you, SC Response I figured this one out within the first month of being an assistant principal. My first AP…

Five Assistant Principal Hacks

Recently, I was talking to a first year Assistant Principal who was explaining the challenges of school administration to me (the AP had no idea who I was). I let the AP talk because I’m always interested in the mindset of the person who is new to the job.  After the conversation, it got me…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 1, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 1, 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. “Grades don’t motivate kids. Teachers motivate kids!”…

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?…

Seven Keys to Improving Student Discipline

It is not unusual for a campus to focus on improving student discipline.  If this is to be a priority on your campus this year make sure that your campus discipline improvement plan addresses these seven keys. 1. Recognize that adult practice drives student performance.  If your plan doesn’t address proactive adult practices, then you…
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