Monday, May 22, 2017

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of May 14, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 14, 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. Evaluate performance or repeat ineffective behaviors. (By @Leadershipfreak)

2. No matter how much of an expert you are, or think you are, getting feedback from someone watching you always helps you perform better. (By @tgrierhisd)

3. Don't ever be afraid to admit you're wrong; it's the ability to admit you're wrong that shows true strength and confidence. (By @justintarte)

4. There is a full-on attack on public education from the Texas Senate. It's ridiculous, offensive, cynical, pathetic, orchestrated, and wrong. (By @pastors4txkids)

5. Don't tolerate lazy people. They are losers. –Bear Bryant (By @CoachMotto)

6. In great schools, students write a lot... (By @WeberEducation)

7. Choose realistic optimism or get out of leadership! (By @Leadershipfreak)

8. Anchor charts are tools, not posters and not laminated. (By @littutorgirl)

9. If you want to energize your team, speak to opportunities more than roadblocks. (By @Leadershipfreak)

10. We only get one chance to start our day off on the right foot. How are you beginning your day? With chaos or simplicity? (By @noexcusesu)

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: Texas ASCD Summer Conference, TASSP Summer Conference, Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference; The National Principals Conference; The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote) 
  • 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

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Reader Writes... Everyone Can't Teach

A new reader sent in the following concern.

Mr. Cain

Recently, my campus used your book (The Fundamental 5: Cain & Laird) for a book study.  I think I have a complaint / critique.

You and Laird seem to imply that quality teaching is quantifiable.  And because it is quantifiable, any Jane or Joe can do it as long as they follow your formula (The Fundamental 5). I find this to be absolute nonsense.

SC Response
Interesting critique.  And worthy of an answer.

First, yes, quality teaching is quantifiable. Even though there are elements of teaching that can’t be quantified.  A level of “jerkness” comes to mind as a non-quantified element. For example, we teach the same thing, the same way. Except I’m a jerk and you are not. Odds are, your students will be more successful than mine.

Now when you spend an extensive time studying exceptional teachers, average teachers and struggling teachers you can observe patterns and frequencies of specific practices.  That is the story of The Fundamental 5.  The pattern of those practices (The Fundamental 5) was much more pronounced in the classrooms of teachers who were having more success than their peers.

We didn’t invent The Fundamental 5. We weren't even looking for it.  We just noticed the data anomaly and decided to “pull the string.”  The amazing thing is when less successful teachers began to use the identified practices with greater frequency, the change in student performance was noticeable.  It’s crazy.  But evidently, when you use better practice more often, students do better. Go figure.

However, just because we can identify effective practice doesn’t mean just anyone can use them effectively.  Bottom line, I agree with you, NOT EVERYONE CAN TEACH. Regardless what anti-public school politicians promote.  But that fact (not everyone can teach) is separate and independent from this fact, “Everyone who can teach, can teach better.”

That is why we wrote the book.      

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: Texas ASCD Summer Conference, Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference; The National Principals Conference; The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote) 
  • 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, May 18, 2017

Lesa Cain Adds... Principal Coaching

Regarding the two previous posts, “Principal Coaching – The Low Performing Campus” and “Principal Coaching – Upset Parent and Community,” I am going to point out that what Sean lined out are research-based improvement processes. 

I would like to add my thoughts on how to get this done. Understand this is a coaching relationship. To be an effective Coach, you must tell the truth, listen and hold the “Coachee” accountable for the work. All too often the Coach worries about the personal relationship (that is usually already in place with internal coaching) and begins to overlook the very things that placed the school at risk in the first place.

The role of the internal coach is that of the person who asks the questions over and over until they are answered with actual processes and systems. Any other answers are excuses that you must be willing to work through with the person you are coaching.

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: Texas ASCD Summer Conference, Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference; The National Principals Conference; The Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote) 
  • 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