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This is a collection of the "In This Issue" headlines from the first page of all of the Marshall Memo issues to make it easier for subscribers to locate articles.

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Marshall Memo 972 - February 6, 2023

1. Mike Schmoker on what to teach and when
2. Curriculum as narrative (versus coverage)
3. Quality control for online materials
4. More analysis, collaboration, and engagement in small-group discussions
5. Using YA novels to discuss harassment and unwanted touching
6. Individualizing plans for English learners
7. A media literacy website

Marshall Memo 971 - January 30, 2023

1. Deliberate practice and beliefs about intelligence
2. Fostering productive mindsets in mathematics classes
3. A hands-on math problem for third graders
4. Keeping low-tech educational goals in mind
5. Chat GPT, writing, and thinking
6. A daily huddle for a school leadership team
7. Jennifer Gonzalez and the Street Data Project

Marshall Memo 970 - January 23, 2023

1. Health and psychological benefits of controlled breathing exercises
2. The best ways to support an upset person
3. Choosing an inclusive social emotional learning (SEL) program
4. A strategy to improve note-taking skills in high school
5. A classroom desk arrangement that maximizes learning
6. The benefits of reading your writing out loud
7. In praise of memorization
8. How do earlier school start times affect elementary students?
9. Picture books to support suicide prevention in elementary grades
10a. A writer’s guide to using ChatGPT
10b. A gloomy take on the new bot

Marshall Memo 969 - January 16, 2023

1. Temple Grandin on the role of neurodivergent people (like her)
2. Dealing with workplace incivility
3. Further insights on growth mindset interventions
4. Instructional coaching in a fishbowl
5. Should high-school students vet online political ads?
6. Three reasons not to try banning ChatGPT
7. Jennifer Gonzalez and her team pick their favorite tech apps

Marshall Memo 968 - January 9, 2023

1. Ezra Klein on Twitter, Quaker meetings, and Wikipedia
2. What’s behind the dramatic decline in teen births?
3. A doctor who prescribes books to young adolescents
4. Getting the most from educators’ home visits
5. Daniel Willingham updates the research on growth mindset
6. Getting students doing their own thinking in math classes
7. Advice on giving advice to teens about drugs
8. Books to complement the new Pinocchio movie
9a. Can you guess if this was written by ChatGPT?
9b. The Memo story
9c. A matrix for assessing assessments
9d. Interesting factoids from 2022

Marshall Memo 967 - January 2, 2023

1. Teacher professional learning focused on solving classroom problems
2. Jennifer Gonzalez and Elena Aguilar on psychological safety in PD
3. More on inaccurate press coverage of the “science of reading”
4. Rubrics for assessing rigor and equity in math classes
5. Addressing under-the-surface biases in math instruction
6. Should students wrestle with concepts before direct instruction?
7. Four possible leadership stances – and when to use them
8. A video commentary on ChatGPT

Marshall Memo 966 - December 19,2022

1. Is ChatGPT a threat to schools?
2. Artificial intelligence and Plato
3. Disrupting rituals in a Massachusetts high school
4. Fourth graders’ curiosity sparks a deeper science curriculum
5. More on journalists’ coverage of the “science of reading” debate
6. Coaches’ questions to teachers showing curiosity and caring
7. Ten key education studies from this year
8. Recommended children’s nonfiction books
9. Positive news stories from 2022

Marshall Memo 965 - December 12, 2022

1. Mentors speaking truth to their colleagues
2. How families’ economic status affects equity in schools
3. Homework as a gap-widener
4. Can a machine accurately score students’ writing?
5. Can support and accountability coexist in teacher evaluation
6. A study of co-taught classrooms in Massachusetts
7. Knowledge, leadership, and mentoring in a New Jersey classroom
8. Award-winning children’s fiction

Marshall Memo 964 - December 5, 2022

1. How one elementary school dramatically improved math achievement
2. A Boston principal reflects on leadership
3. How flexible should teachers be with assignments handed in late?
4. Using Fermi questions to improve math and SEL skills
5. Can project-based learning work in AP courses?
6. Advice on not taking bad career advice
7a. Grant Wiggins on planning
7b. John Wooden on teaching and coaching
7c. Education poll results

Marshall Memo 963 - November 28, 2022

1. A critique of journalists’ coverage of the “science of reading” debate
2. Helping teens assess and avoid risky behaviors
3. Dealing with uncivil behavior
4. Arguing 101
5. Using universal design for learning with middle-school math
6. Alternatives to Socratic seminars
7. Phonemic skill instruction by teachers, computers, and parents

Marshall Memo 962 - November 21, 2022

1. Thomas Guskey on appropriate uses of grades
2. Less grading time for teachers, more timely feedback for students
3. The potential of formative classroom assessments
4. Equitable versus fake differentiation
5. Jennifer Gonzalez on effective mini-lectures
6. A middle ground on writing instruction
7. What kind of science experiments work best?
8. Suggested “readalikes” for Disenchanted

Marshall Memo 961 - November 14, 2022

1. What a professor learned from her own struggles in college
2. Beyond learning styles
3. Classroom discipline and kindness – it’s not either-or
4. How the “illusion of asymmetric insight” can disrupt a classroom
5. Jim Knight on keeping teachers’ self-beliefs in mind
6. Waypower, willpower, and hope
7. Should libraries stop late-book fines and allow unlimited take-outs?
8. Recommended children’s books on Native Americans
9. Talking about race with young children

Marshall Memo 960 - November 7, 2022

1. Helping students become increasingly independent learners
2. Grant Wiggins on the limits of curriculum coverage
3. Standards-based grading – what it is and what it isn’t
4. Teaching about climate change
5. Problems with formulaic student essays
6. Is third-grade retention helpful for English learners?
7. The keys to trust and loyalty
8. Recommended children’s books on diversity

Marshall Memo 959 - October 31, 2022

1. The problem with heroes and villains when studying history
2. An evolutionary perspective on dyslexia
3. Real-time, high-tech feedback for student presenters
4. Learning to love poetry in middle school
5. Is sixth grade too late for handwriting instruction?
6. Jennifer Gonzalez on differentiation with “seminars”
7. Recommendations on grade retention and social promotion

Marshall Memo 958 - October 24, 2022

1. Leaders conducting regular one-on-one meetings
2. The debate about effective preschool curriculum
3. Helping high-school seniors think about their futures
4. How can direct instruction (a.k.a. lectures) support inquiry learning?
5. A highly engaging K-12 mathematics routine
6. Five-minute routines to launch elementary math classes
7. Books students might want to read after watching new films

Marshall Memo 957 - October 17, 2022

1. Losing cursive
2. Key factors in successful project-based learning
3. Stereotypes about middle school, and how we can do better
4. Why are fewer high-school graduates enrolling in college?
5. The “return on investment” from college
6. Questions about Orton-Gillingham
7. Eggcorns and mondegreens
8. Recommended children’s books about people with disabilities
9. Teaching irony

Marshall Memo 956 - October 10, 2022

1. Should boys start kindergarten a year later than girls?
2. How to avoid overloading students’ working memory
3. Democratizing the assessment of student’s creativity
4. Using debate across grades and subject areas
5. Thinking about the Pledge of Allegiance
6. Teachers’ least-favorite educational buzzwords
7. Recommended elementary- and middle-school books about bullying

Marshall Memo 955 - October 3, 2022

1. Atul Gawande on career advice, burnout, leadership, and feedback
2. Distinguishing between growth mindset and intellectual risk-taking
3. Should calculus be the terminus for advanced high-school math?
4. Debunking three common myths about adolescent sleep
5. Professional judgment versus “fidelity”
6. Working smarter and working less in three key areas of teaching
7. An Arizona elementary school tries a team-based model
8. Stretching students’ reading proficiency with partner reading at home
9. What happens when urban graduates end up teaching back home?
10. Twenty-five contemporary books for adolescents

Marshall Memo 954 - September 26, 2022

1. Should we differentiate for right-brained and left-brained students?
2. Using all eight senses (yes, eight) during classroom instruction
3. A hands-on approach to teaching grammar
4. Principles for teaching phonics in the primary grades
5. Steering young people to post-secondary success
6. Using children’s books to teach math
7. The annual Kappan poll of attitudes on U.S. public schools
8. An animated history of Spanish

Marshall Memo 953 - September 19, 2022

1. Doug Lemov on cellphones and “rewiring” schools for belonging
2. How principals can get into classrooms for informal visits
3. How instructional coaches can work their way into classrooms
4. Parent involvement that promotes student success
5. Avoiding hierarchical thinking about students
6. Bringing music into all classrooms
7. Some things we did during the pandemic that we should keep doing
8. Recommended graphic novels for teens

Marshall Memo 952 - September 12, 2022

1. A skeptical analysis of “grit” – and some alternative strategies
2. What’s behind teenagers’ mental health problems?
3. Doug Lemov on cellphones in schools
4. Timothy Shanahan weighs in on the “science of reading” debate
5. Thinking through the power dynamics of classroom management
6. Recommended children’s books with neurodiverse characters

Marshall Memo 951 - September 5, 2022

1. A 1993 critique of U.S. math education: is it still on target today?
2. Is the Danielson framework suitable for evaluating special educators?
3. Answering parents’ questions about gender-nonconforming children
4. The value of high-school students perusing print magazines every day
5. Getting students writing for more than the “audience of one”
6. Facing and overcoming imposter syndrome
7. Wordless picture books for middle-school students

Marshall Memo 950 - August 29, 2022

1. The pillars of a truly good education
2. Teaching students to be assertive about boundaries
3. Core activities of effective teacher teams
4. Adam Grant on the power of repetition
5. Orchestrating first-rate classroom discussions (continued)
6. Unintended consequences in a college-focused high school

Marshall Memo 949 - August 22, 2022

1. Driving out cynicism
2. Seven ideas for dealing with a difficult colleague
3. Orchestrating first-rate classroom discussions
4. Effective writing prompts for math classes
5. A project-based chemistry and physics curriculum gets results
6. The track record of a principal preparation program
7. The mismatch between student teaching assignments and first-year placements
8. Recommended childrens books on facing scary situations

Marshall Memo 948 - August 15, 2022

1. A tribute to Bill Russell
2. Strategies for nudging students to deeper learning
3. Using student self-affirmation to close the black-white discipline gap
4. The benefits of a diverse teaching force
5. What to do when youre challenged
6. Jennifer Gonzalez on collaborative projects for secondary students
7. Insights on teaching gifted students
8. Childrens books on perfectionism

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