Monday, January 23, 2017

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 15, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 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. It is morally wrong for Texas Legislature members to justify school choice vouchers as aid to the poor. You cannot assuage your conscience with a lie. (By @pastors4txkids)
  1. We respectfully ask Texas Legislature members to quit deceiving themselves and Texans about vouchers going to the poor. It is a lie. It needs to stop. (By @pastors4txkids)
  1. Sometimes you have to pick a side. Something you stand for and for which you are willing to fight. (By @Snowmanlearning)
  1. COACHING is small, focused, quiet conversations delivered eyeball to eyeball. (By @LYSNation)
  1. Leadership conversations are: 1. Forward-facing. What opportunities do we have? 2. Action oriented. What's next? (By @Leadershipfreak)
  1. The best schools don't focus all their energy on intervention programs; instead, they focus on strong Tier 1 instruction and learning. (By @justintarte)
  1. Instructional leaders: Your staff will never meet its potential if you do not engage in the coaching process. (By @LYSNation)
  1. As we have said many times, God doesn't need Caesar's help. That's what religious liberty is all about. And why vouchers violate it. (By @pastors4txkids)
  1. "School choice" affects .5 million kids. The Texas Legislature’s finance fix affects 5.5 million kids. Which is greatest good for greatest number of children? (By @pastors4txkids)
  1. I'm not "anti-trump", I'm just anti-bullying and pro-respect. (By @Collin_McHugh)
Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...
  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Aspiring Principal Workshop (Multiple Presentations), Learning for a Change Spring Summit (Keynote and Multiple Presentations) 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook


Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Reader Asks... An Aligned Classroom Observation Tool

A Principal asks the following:

SC,

Here’s my question, “What would a T-TESS walk-thru instrument look like if it was aligned with The Fundamental 5?”

I would rather work smarter than longer!

SC Response
It would look like actually be PowerWalks.  The caveat is that PowerWalks is a formative observation tool... that is based on observable components of best instructional practice.  Used correctly, PowerWalks facilitates teachers getting better at better practice.

T-TESS is a summative evaluation framework... that is aligned to components of best instructional practice. 

Here is the problem (and some uncomfortable truth).  Too many school leaders are looking for a short cut to the formative / summative process.  There isn’t a short cut.  If you are going to embrace instructional leadership, you must create an environment of high volume formative observation and support, with announced summative observation windows.  This provides teachers with the opportunity to get better and the stage to prove it.

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...
  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Aspiring Principal Workshop (Multiple Presentations), Learning for a Change Spring Summit (Keynote and Multiple Presentations) 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Reader Asks... The Close

A LYS Principal asks the following:

SC,

I need some help explaining the purpose of the "I Will" statement (The Close in a Lesson Frame) to my teachers. I am not getting the information across effectively. Basically, they are simply listing the daily assignment as the Close. What can I tell them that will help?

SC Response
The "I will..." (The Close, or Closing Question, in a Lesson Frame) is the proof of learning from doing the lesson activities.  It is not a lesson activity. 

A Wrong Example: I will complete an exit ticket. 

A Correct Example: (on my exit ticket) I will give an example of The Close and explain its purpose.

It sometimes takes a while for this distinction to click for teachers.  Teachers look at lessons through the lens of stuff and things (activities).  A good and effective Close makes them look at a lesson through the lens of student understanding.  We do have a training module on this, which a lot of campuses have found to be helpful.

Think. Work. Achieve.
Your turn...
  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/Fundamental5 
  • Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Aspiring Principal Workshop (Multiple Presentations), Learning for a Change Spring Summit (Keynote and Multiple Presentations) 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Timer (Fundamental 5 Delivery Tool); PowerWalks CLC (Networked Formative Observation Tool) 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation  and like Lead Your School on Facebook