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Marshall Memo 919 - January 17, 2022

1. The equity dimension with traditional grading practices
2. Helping adolescents deal with a toxic “achievement culture”
3. Using the U.S. Army’s after-action reviews in schools
4. A New Hampshire science teacher takes on three hot topics
5. Structuring academic talk in primary classrooms
6. Ideas for indoor recess in elementary schools
7. The latest Media Bias Chart

Marshall Memo 918 - January 10, 2022

1. Twelve keys to restorative discipline
2. Keeping elementary students back – does it work?
3. A study of homework in Israel
4. Student assistants in a Philadelphia high school
5. Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story in a New York City middle school
6. The synergy between spelling and reading
7. How is slavery depicted in children’s literature?
8. Can we generalize about millennials and other age cohorts?
9. Dealing with our wandering minds
10. Newbery award-winning books

Marshall Memo 917 - January 3, 2022

1. Finding our way to genuine student engagement
2. A lesson on Malcolm X fails – and then succeeds
3. Positioning English learners for classroom success
4. Why do city teachers leave, and why do they stay?
5. What good PD looks like
6. Can we trust student survey data?
7. Retaining low-performing teachers: a triumph of hope over reason?
8. Why is a day of Zoom meetings so exhausting?
9. Connecting research and practice

Marshall Memo 916 - December 20, 2021

1. One teacher can make a difference
2. The keys to intrinsic motivation in classrooms
3. Teachers’ beliefs and their English learners’ reading achievement
4. Getting serious about vocabulary
5. Getting high-school students doing more of the work
6. Getting the most from think/pair/share
7. Close reading of a course syllabus
8a. Progress on democracy
8b. The best children’s books of 2021

Marshall Memo 914 - December 6, 2021

1. Should school be more confusing?
2. Can project-based learning work in AP courses?
3. “Keepers” from the pandemic
4. Sharing a personal dedication at the beginning of class
5. Another perspective on curriculum choices
6. Claude Steele on counteracting stereotype threat
7. Six things to look for when sizing up research
8. Outstanding children’s fiction books
9. A museum goes online

Marshall Memo 913 - November 29, 2021

1. How can science teachers deal with politically sensitive topics?
2. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell on systematic phonics instruction
3. Supporting students who fear they don’t belong
4. Getting teens to ask for help when they don’t know they need it
5. High-school students help their English teacher fine-tune instruction
6. Dealing with students getting addicted to online computer games
7. “Translanguaging” in elementary-school classrooms
8. Award-winning non-fiction books for children
9. One way to build support for the teaching profession
10a. Charts on things to be thankful for
10b. Fun and interesting math problems

Marshall Memo 912 - November 22, 2021

1. Ineffective practices that need to be shown the door
2. Which students get more teacher attention?
3. Addressing students’ “digital illiteracy”
4. Critical thinking and fact-checking on the Internet
5. Vetting online history materials for sourcing information
6. More-detailed appreciation for students’ writing
7. High-school history students write op-ed articles
8. Read-along books for a Netflix series

Marshall Memo 911 - November 15, 2021

1. Thomas Guskey on what drives a teacher’s sense of efficacy
2. Accelerating teacher growth through directive coaching
3. Habits of mind to guide a school community
4. Better ways for elementary students to learn their math facts
5. Growing as a math educator
6. In the struggle for social justice, finding the right words
7. Another nail in the coffin of high-stakes VAM teacher evaluation
8a. A report on teacher diversity
8b. Following up on the 1619 Project
8c. Gerrymandering 101
8d. Surveys on educators’ sense of efficacy

Marshall Memo 910 - November 8, 2021

1. Surging anxiety among adolescents: what’s going on?
2. Elena Aguilar on coaching teachers who are perfectionists
3. Unconscious bias related to social class and teacher expectations
4. Dealing with pushback on standards-based grading
5. The importance of amplification in classrooms and meetings
6. A high-school teacher has one-on-one conferences with students
7. Getting the most from adult one-on-ones

Marshall Memo 909 - November 1, 2021

1. The academic potential of student friendships
2. Is elementary literacy coaching worth it?
3. Early assessment in literacy
4. Effective SEL protocols in middle and high schools
5. Fostering healthy relationships among teenagers
6. How to avoid common classroom management problems
7. Recommended children’s books about race

Marshall Memo 908 - October 25, 2021

1. Jennifer Gonzalez on making it through a very difficult year
2. Steve Graham on effective writing instruction in a third-grade class
3. Designing high-quality tests
4. Sparking powerful mathematical thinking
5. Getting students to write argumentative essays without rancor
6. A Virginia school rethinks its dress coden
7. Prize-winning young adult books

Marshall Memo 907 - October 18, 2021

1. Giving feedback that isn’t consigned to the bottom of the backpack
2. What rigor looks like in an equitable classroom
3. A high-school class debates whether Othello should be taught
4. Why is social-emotional learning more challenging with adolescents?
5. PLCs’ focus on standards: necessary but not sufficient
6. Clarifying the definition of SMART goals
7. Instagram and teen girls
8. Recommendations for young adult nonfiction

Marshall Memo 906 - October 11, 2021

1. Lorrie Shepard on integrating assessments with high-quality teaching
2. Preventing the college gender disparity in the early grades
3. Does flipped teaching work?
4. Research on restorative practices
5. A trauma-informed response to an out-of-control student
6. Can a simple intervention narrow the black-white suspension gap?
7. Reflective questions for anti-racist leaders
8. Problems with impromptu discussions of hot-button topics
9. Getting the most out of primary sources
10. Coming-of-age movies for students in middle school
11. Should students be allowed to retake tests?

Marshall Memo 905 - October 4, 2021

1. Should teachers be required to hand in lesson plans?
2. Some “known unknowns” about early reading instruction
3. Better information on the “best” colleges
4. Making research findings clear and informative for teachers
5. An analysis of DonorsChoose crowdfunding
6. How school librarians can maximize their impact in unsettled times
7. Some words for leaders to avoid
8a. Online Smithsonian resources
8b. A website for English teachers

Marshall Memo 904 - September 27, 2021

1. Rethinking “rigor” in secondary schools
2. What is the best way for teachers to present new concepts?
3. Teaching controversial issues: lessons from three countries
4. Does selling curriculum materials online improve teachers’ work?
5. Nevada second graders write up a storm on Twitter
6. Universal Design for Learning in math classes
7. Questions and answers on ESSER funds
8. Online practices from the pandemic that may continue
9. A new website with K-12 resources on climate change

Marshall Memo 903 - September 20, 2021

1. Can racial inequities be healed?
2. Is it helpful for social justice educators to talk about “white privilege”?
3. Correcting misconceptions about suspensions
4. Charter schools work on improving students’ college graduation rates
5. Using quick surveys to check in with students
6. Ideas for quieting a noisy middle-school class
7. Phi Delta Kappa poll results
8. Adaptations of best-selling books for young readers
9. More challenging math problems

Marshall Memo 902 - September 13, 2021

1. A tribute to Roland Barth
2. Five questions to help decide on priorities for the year
3. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell weigh in on the literacy debate
4. Does a one-year delay in kindergarten entry improve achievement?
5. With growth mindset interventions, context matters
6. Discussing hot political issues with high-school students
7. Teaching civics through local action
8. Jennifer Gonzalez on the dual attention problem
9. Recommended graphic novels about history and science

Marshall Memo 901 - September 6, 2021

1. Words that support and encourage students
2. Maxims for instructional coaches
3. Getting the most from teacher teams this year
4. More than “fluffy stuff” – social-emotional learning in math classes
5. Intentionally building primary students’ self-reliance
6. Ian Rowe on achievement gaps versus the “distance to 100”
7. Reading strategies to avoid – and to embrace
8. Should teachers tell students their personal opinion on hot topics?
9. How to avoid being a bad boss
10. Being present as a leader
11. A reenactment of a difficult conversation

Marshall Memo 900 - August 30, 2021

1. Mitigating the impact of smartphones and social media on adolescents
2. Some kids did better with remote learning. What now?
3. Skillfully handling hot-button issues in the months ahead
4. Strategies to get equitable student participation in math classes
5. Using dry-erase whiteboards in middle- and high-school social studies
6. Key elements in an elementary ELA/special education teacher team
7. Recommended readaloud books for the primary grades
8a. An amazing collection of challenging, non-routine mathematics problems
8b. A website to build critical Internet skills

Marshall Memo 899 - August 23, 2021

1. Deciding between virtual and in-person meetings
2. Putting a positive spin on wearing masks in school
3. U.S. history: what should be taught, and who decides?
4. Teaching an untracked 10th-grade English class
5. Helping students do better with mathematics word problems
6. Parental advice on getting smartphones for kids
7. Words of wisdom for rookie teachers
8. Curiosity as a key to good leadership
9. Recommended Franco-Belgian comics
10a. Fielding questions on Critical Race Theory
10b. History videos
10c. The best young adult books of all time
10d. Beginning-of-the-year surveys

Marshall Memo 898 - August 26, 2021

1. Ideas for the “new normal”
2. Parent support for social and emotional learning
3. Unappreciated benefits of the daily commute
4. Tweaking rubrics to provide “wise” feedback on students’ writing
5. Helping elementary students as they use digital writing prompts
6. Reading job applicants’ letters of support with a critical eye
7. More data on merit pay for teachers
8. Fixing what’s wrong with the Dewey Decimal system
9. Recommended children’s poetry books
10. Videos on African-American history
10b. A new women’s history curriculum

Marshall Memo 897 - July 26, 2021

1. Linguistically sensitive literacy instruction
2. Insights from a book distribution program in Philadelphia
3. For young children, which is better, paper or digital books?
4. How effective is Orton-Gillingham?
5. What kinds of mathematics do students need for the real world?

Marshall Memo 896 - July 19, 2021

1. Adam Grant on “collective effervescence”
2. Daniel Willingham on the psychology of remembering
3. The advantages of having students use handwritten notebooks
4. Beyond Black History Month
5. Managing by walking around – done right
6. Recommended reading for students

Marshall Memo 895 - July 12, 2021

1. Can deadlines spur better work?
2. Helping students feel valued and respected in the classroom
3. What to say when students shine
4. The role of gossip among students – and adults
5. A different structure for Socratic seminars
6. Fair, effective group work
7. Texting preschool parents: what is the Goldilocks frequency?
8. Reflections on teaching U.S. history
9. Recommended children’s books related to the Tokyo Olympics
10. Brief videos on civics
11. Media bias chart

Marshall Memo 894 - July 5, 2021

1. A historian reflects on attempts to control how history is taught
2. David Brooks on specific leadership actions that build trust
3. Beyond time management
4. Getting off to a strong start in Algebra 1 this fall
5. Supporting English learners in the wake of the pandemic
6. A 1990 article on the reading wars; what’s different?

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