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Marshall Memo 1044 - July 8, 2024

1. When leaders should shut up
2. Solving four perennial problems with PD
3. What kinds of readers should we raise?
4. How students can be more active in IEP meetings
5. ChatGPT and the school library
6. Picture books about differences

Marshall Memo 1043 - July 1, 2024

1. How continuous improvement played out in three Memphis schools
2. Low-tech learning: five advantages
3. Tough love with required reading in college courses
4. Cross-age peer tutoring: a simple, effective way to improve reading
5. Why reading and writing should be taught together
6. Thought-provoking questions for elementary social studies
7. Recommended summer books with an urban theme

Marshall Memo 1042 - June 24, 2024

1. Avoiding favoritism in the workplace
2. Breaking the grip of teens’ loneliness and isolation
3. A father gives online advice to college applicants
4. Mathematics grading reform in a Maryland middle school
5. An English instructor’s lament about generative AI
6. Four provisos when using artificial intelligence
7. Tips for parents on kids’ cellphones and screen time
8. Data on school-parent communications
9. Graphic novels featuring grandparents

Marshall Memo 1041 - June 17, 2024

1. David Brooks on how giftedness plays out in people’s lives
2. Antiracism PD – necessary but not sufficient
3. Should new leaders hit the ground running or take it slow?
4. Dealing thoughtfully with employees who are upset
5. What makes a career and technical education program effective?
6. Principles of good teaching are alive in effective CTE programs
7. Award-winning children’s books

Marshall Memo 1040 - June 10, 2024

1. Is college worth it?
2. Can extrinsic rewards boost students’ motivation to read?
3. A teacher’s dilemma on using A.I. to grade students’ writing
4. What human-type teachers can do that A.I. can’t
5. The nuts and bolts of launching a no-cellphone policy
6. How supervisors might follow up after short classroom visits
7. Doug Lemov’s rigor checklist
8. The benefits of debate and debate pedagogy for high-school students
9. Supporting middle-school students who lack basic literacy skills
10. Does choral reading help with fluency?
11. The story behind the song “Blackbird”

Marshall Memo 1039 - June 3, 2024

1. A tribute to Adele Faber
2. The way teachers spend classroom time really matters
3. Teachers’ reactions to a nationwide math test in Austria
4. Dilemmas faced by male Latino teachers
5. This year’s college admissions Hunger Games
6. Should decodable texts be used in primary-grade reading classes?
7. Four keys to successfully resolving workplace conflicts
8. Effective closure for one-on-one meetings

Marshall Memo 1038 - May 27, 2024

1. Concerns about incoming college students’ reading and writing skills
2. Can ChatGPT accurately assess students’ writing?
3. How to assess early reading: word identification or nonsense words?
4. Does Liljedahl’s pedagogy have the same problems as constructivism?
5. Asphyxiation in the dorm room
6. Books about incarcerated family members

Marshall Memo 1037 - May 20, 2024

1. Teacher efficacy and New York City’s performance evaluation process
2. Which assessments are vulnerable to AI cheating – and what to do
3. Ideas for using ChatGPT in literacy classes
4. Should we analyze and score individual reading standards?
5. The effects of school cellphone bans in Norway
6. Skillfully handling one-on-one conferences
7. Picture books about bittersweet goodbyes

Marshall Memo 1036 - May 13, 2024

1. Doug Lemov on the power of reading books together in class
2. How have Horace Mann’s reform ideas fared over the years?
3. Less math grading, more feedback and thinking
4. Teaching in the era of ChatGPT
5. Elementary scheduling for equitable service delivery
6. Planning a literature-based unit on mental health issues
7. Recommended middle-grade books about periods

Marshall Memo 1035 - May 6, 2024

1. Getting better at difficult conversations
2. What went wrong with teacher-evaluation reform
3. Thomas Guskey on solving the problem of inconsistent grading
4. How to deal with students who refuse to do their work
5. Supporting struggling readers in the upper-elementary grades
6. Teaching writing in middle and high schools
7. Recommended graphic novels

Marshall Memo 1034 - April 29, 2024

1. Is Lord of the Flies for real?
2. Being a good listener when collaborating and negotiating
3. How teams can get the most out of ChatGPT
4. Dyslexia, phonics, Orton-Gillingham, and the literacy debate
5. Coaching tips
6. Empowering stories celebrating identity through apparel

Marshall Memo 1033 - April 22, 2024

1. Leaders asking the right questions
2. Well-placed compliments
3. What’s up with boys and men, and how can schools and parents help?
4. Timothy Shanahan on small-group versus whole-class instruction
5. Exploring the potential of ChatGPT in a Nevada high school
6. The value of regular check-in meetings
7. The connection between school climate and student achievement
8. Graphic novels on sports

Marshall Memo 1032 - April 15, 2024

1. David Brooks on the moral magic of middle managers
2. “Studenting” behaviors that are essential to college success
3. Libraries as the heartbeat of schools
4. Helping students get metacognitive about their mistakes
5. History doesn’t have to be boring
6. Teaching both phonics and comprehension in the early grades
7. A quiz on literary allusions
8. Good comebacks when someone steps over the line
9. A push for teaching logic in high schools
10. Notable poetry books and verse novels

Marshall Memo 1031 - April 8, 2024

1. How five classroom myths can be tweaked for positive impact
2. Timothy Shanahan on directed (a.k.a. guided) reading
3. In-the-moment feedback on students’ writing
4. Classroom walkthrough checklists – can we do better?
5. Protocols for workplace e-mails
6. Is a college degree worth it?
7. Writing a letter from your future self
8. What’s the appropriate age for kids to read controversial classics?
9. Picture books on accomplished women

Marshall Memo 1030 - April 1, 2024

1. A former student’s opinion on making SAT/ACT scores optional
2. Getting the most out of short classroom visits
3. Can AI help educators deal with “time poverty”?
4. A gap-closing summer idea for students living in “book deserts”
5. Three essential elements in high-quality math instruction
6. Books that help students with autism feel understood

Marshall Memo 1029 - March 25, 2024

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on crying in front of students
2. Timothy Shanahan on instructional versus grade-level texts
3. What’s the best way to get ready for an algebra exam?
4. A thoughtful, take-it-slow approach to ChatGPT
5. Comparing human to AI tutors
6. Should student surveys be part of teachers’ evaluations?
7. Gender segregation in elementary classrooms
8. Are students getting enough physical activity during the school day?
9. Recommended books on Olympic-level athletes

Marshall Memo 1028 - March 18, 2024

1. Using home visits to build rapport with families
2. Four design decisions that improve students’ high school experience
3. Transforming students’ mathematics identity
4. An updated list of sight words for early reading instruction
5. Timothy Shanahan on balancing literature and content knowledge
6. What works with struggling readers?
7. Online software tools to liven up history classes
8. Recommended children’s books honoring women

Marshall Memo 1027 - Mach 11, 2024

1. A critique of the “college for all” ethos of one high school
2. What it takes to implement a successful districtwide reform
3. Taking inventory of your emotional well-being
4. Responding to traumatized students with compassion (versus empathy)
5. Bringing back unstructured play for children
6. What’s different in classrooms where students actually do homework?
7. The impact of peer consistency on high-school student attendance
8. Tips on applying for National Board Certification
9. Books to hook tweens and teens on reading

Marshall Memo 1026 - March 4, 2024

1. A tribute to Harry Wong
2. I just taught that! Why don’t they get it?
3. Can secondary students have civil debates on public policy issues?
4. Sharing our emotional preferences with colleagues and students
5. Building emotional intelligence
6. An acronym for emotional intelligence
7. Why unpacking emotions is helpful
8. Four ways to tap the brakes when emotions are getting us in trouble
9. What emotional intelligence is – and isn’t
10. Manga books for younger students

Marshall Memo 1025 - February 26, 2024

1. Persuasion 101
2. Thomas Guskey on backwards-planning professional development
3. Evaluating PD
4. Keys to supporting school leaders
5. Preparing well for a check-in meeting
6. Using “progress guides” to help students step by step
7. Boosting the reading skills of struggling teens
8. Improving home-school communication
9. Suggested ChatGPT prompts
10. The Goldilocks amount of phonemic awareness in primary grades
11. Books on women’s role in history, science, and more

Marshall Memo 1024 - February 19, 2024

1. Project-based learning – suggestions for successful implementation
2. Keys to student motivation, engagement, and success
3. How different students respond to a “wise” intervention
4. Problems and progress evaluating teaching at the college level
5. Should phonics instruction be whole-class or small-group?
6. Tips for evaluating AI edtech tools
7. Recommended children’s nonfiction books

Marshall Memo 1023 - February 12, 2024

1. A tribute to Robie Harris
2. How to get students to care about what’s being taught
3. A missing element in some primary-grade reading classes: motivation
4. Inquiry vs. direct instruction – what works best?
5. Getting students working on challenging, open-ended math problems
6. Tasks that get students thinking in math classes
7. Feedback without the “Ack!”
8. School boards – some do’s and don’ts
9. Inclusive books for elementary classrooms

Marshall Memo 1022 - February 5, 2024

1. The perils of historical simulations – and a better approach
2. How to handle “trigger warnings” in high-school classes
3. Problems with classroom behavior charts – and some alternatives
4. Making data walls more than multi-colored wallpaper
5. Timothy Shanahan on reading comprehension versus learning
6. Anticipating algebra difficulties in fourth and eighth grades
7. The quality of math instruction in different kindergarten classrooms
8. Recommended young adult books with a different twist

Marshall Memo 1021 - January 29, 2024

Marshall Memo 1020 - January 22, 2024

1. Adam Grant on the difference between empathy and compassion
2. A harm-reduction approach to standardized testing
3. With complex problems, don’t leap to solutions
4. Insights on teaching and learning from brain science
5. Timothy Shanahan on literacy priorities in middle schools
6. What happened to Finland, the poster child of good pedagogy?
7. How helpful are clearinghouses that rate K-12 programs?
8. Knowledge gaps about the Holocaust
9. Award-winning fiction books for children

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