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 – June 24, 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.   Zip Codes—the best indicator of school quality in most American…

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 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.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

Top LYS Tweets – June 10, 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.   “An important step toward curbing the privatization of education will…

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 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.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

Texas State Representative Jonathan Strickland Is A Genius

Quote: Leftists have overtaken much of our public education system. It’s been their plan all along. They want our children’s hearts and minds. Ultimate control. -J. Strickland (R – Texas Legislature)   Let’s dissect Representative Strickland’s claim.   For the past 20 years, Texas teachers have overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidates. So, calm down, Johnny.…

Top LYS Tweets – May 13, 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.   School administrators, the craft has evolved over the past 20…

A Reader Asks… Power Zone in the Choir Room

A LYS campus leader asks the following:   SC, This one has stumped us, so we’re leaving it up to you to clarify. Our choir teacher is playing the piano while the students are singing.  Is he considered to be in the Power Zone?   SC Response That’s a good one. My answer…   It…

A PLC of 1, Isn’t

Blog Post – A PLC of 1, Isn’t I see this a lot in small schools, which means I see it a lot since small schools are more common than large schools.   As instructional leaders, it is hammered in to us that we should do everything possible to reduce the number of teacher preps.…

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…

A Reader Asks… Lesson Closure

A teacher asks the following question.   SC,   My fellow teachers and I have a question. Our district is focusing on Lesson Closure. Administration states Lesson Closure must occur at the end of class… Period.   As math teachers, it makes sense for us to do the “I will” or Lesson Closure at the…

Teacher Pay And The Slow Death Of Small Towns

30 years ago, small towns across Texas were doing a whole lot better than they are today.   And 30 years ago, small town teacher salaries were on par with (and in a number of cases) better than suburban and urban teacher salaries.   Today’s question… Are these two facts related?   The answer, absolutely.…

Top LYS Tweets – April 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.   Only 5% of praise statements from teacher to student are…

Principals, You Really Need To Think About Spring Sports

It’s too late now, but this is the absolute right time to fix this for next year.   Multiple times a week I’m on a secondary campus. And without fail, during the Spring, I’m greeted with the same welcome… “Glad you’re here. Just want to let you know that we have a lot of subs…

A Reader Asks… Fundamental 5 Resources

A teacher asks the following:   SC,   I’m a teacher looking for resources to implement better Fundamental Five. Can you point me in the right direction?   SC Response I have a couple of suggestions. With resources, three are immediately accessible to you.   There is the book, The Fundamental 5. It is available…

Top LYS Tweets – April 8, 20

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.   If you are not regularly talking to your people, you…

Pacing Matters

Every year, I talk to principals and teachers that complain about having too much to teach and state test scores that don’t improve, even though the quality of delivered instruction is seemingly improving.   This can actually be the case.  There are two factors at play with state testing. Has all the required content been…

Top LYS Tweets – April 1, 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.   This 5th grade teacher gets it: “We can’t fund two…

The RTB Series – Conclusion: Review of Barriers and Interventions

Today we will complete our discussion of the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. To review, the primary barriers are:   Ignorance Lack of Training Habit Choice Fear Helplessness Obstinance   Below, I have built a chart listing some potential interventions for each barrier.  I hope you find…

The RTB Series – Part 7: Response to Obstinance

Over this ongoing series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 7 in The Response to Barriers Series – Obstinance.   The obstinate teacher just refuses to do “it;” whatever “it” may be.  As a…

The RTB Series – Part 5: Response to Fear

Over this ongoing series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 5 in The Response to Barriers Series – Fear.   Fear is a tremendous barrier to change, especially in education. If you look at the…

Top LYS Tweets – March 4, 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.   Coach Busch (RISD) just earned a high-yield superfecta and a…

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,…

The RTB Series – Part 3: Response to Habit

Over this ongoing series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 3 in The Response to Barriers Series – Habit.   You have determined that your staff is not ignorant of better instructional practices and…

The RTB Series – Part 2: Response to Inadequate Training

Over this series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 2 in The Response to Barriers Series – Inadequate Training.   Once it is determined that the staff is not ignorant of better instructional practices,…

The Response To Barriers (RTB) Series – Part 1: Response to Ignorance

Over the course of the next two to three weeks we will identify and address the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 1 in The Response to Barriers Series – Ignorance.   The first barrier to changing instructional practices is ignorance, meaning that…

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…

A Reader Asks… The Power Zone

A LYS Campus Leader sends in the following question…   SC,   This morning, we were having a discussion about the Power Zone. We realized that we need some clarification on how proximity, teacher location and teacher activity impact the determination of if a teacher is in the Power Zone when we are conducting a…

Why Are We Testing in the Spring

  Time for a little crazy talk.   I was recently on a campus that is struggling to meet state accountability requirements.   The campus is not struggling because of weak leadership, poor instruction or unmotivated students. Leadership is engaged, teachers are working, and students are trying. The campus is struggling because the test is…

Top LYS Tweets – February 11, 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.   Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it…
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