Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Reader Asks... Power Zone

A new member of the LYS Nation asks:

“Sean,

I recently saw you present at a conference. During your presentation on “The Fundamental Five” you spoke of the "Power Zone." You also quoted a percentage of where the majority of teaching takes place, i.e. “Behind the desk”. I can’t remember exactly how much time you stated was spent in other areas besides the Power Zone and was waiting to talk to my superintendent about this. How much time is spent not in the Power Zone? I thought this was very interesting.

Thank you,”

SC Response

Great question.

I'll give you a couple of masked examples from the 2009 / 2010 year.

District 1: Data from a large suburban district (30+ campuses, Elementary to High School); prior to LYS training, coaching and support.

Power Zone - 33%; Lecture Position - 22%; Teacher Desk - 44%

District 2: Data from mid-sized urban district (4+ middle schools); prior to LYS training, coaching and support.

Power Zone - 13%; Lecture Position - 21%; Teacher Desk - 62%

District 3: Data from large suburban district (4+ affluent elementary schools); prior to LYS training, coaching and support.

Power Zone - 47%; Lecture Position - 42%; Teacher Desk - 21%

None of the above are outside the norm.

Now, for some post training and coaching results:

LYS National Data for the Month of April 2010 (4,037 classroom observations).

Power Zone - 63%; Lecture Position - 18%; Teacher Desk - 17%

As you can see from the data above, just a little training and awareness creates a dramatic change. And that change is significantly correlated to increases in on-task behavior and retention and decreases in discipline.

Good luck and call us if you need us.

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