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By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
26-Apr-17
“The practical implications of ability grouping are profound. Ability grouping policies and practices affect students’ experiences in school, including the courses they take, the curricula they receive, the peers with whom they learn, and the teachers who provide instruction.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
19-Apr-17
Bill Gates and others argue that coding is a new literacy, as important as reading and math. Some countries are jumping on the bandwagon, including the U.K., which in 2014 launched a requirement that every student learn to program. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
12-Apr-17
“Dyslexic students can be found in every classroom,” says Fernette Eide, “although many may not be formally identified as such. Teachers have tremendous potential to affect these students at a time when they are at greatest risk for low self-esteem and underachievement.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Apr-17
In this article adapted from his new book, Reach, Adam Molinsky says most people aren’t crazy about getting critical feedback, and giving it is often an uncomfortable and stressful exercise. But feedback is essential, says Molinsky, and he offers these pointers. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
28-Mar-17
In this American School Board Journal article, Kim Marshall challenges school board members and superintendents to ask some tough questions about their teacher-evaluation process. Are almost all teachers getting good to excellent ratings while supervisors privately acknowledge that mediocre and ineffective practices continue in classrooms? ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
08-Mar-17
In this article in Theory Into Practice, the authors say that for professional development to truly improve teaching and learning, five elements need to be in place: content focus, active learning, sustained duration, collective participation, and alignment. ..more
+ 2017
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
25-Feb-17
“Surrounding students with messages that they have the ability to learn is at the core of closing the achievement gap,” says author/consultant Jon Saphier in this Kappan article, summarized by Kim Marshall. "Teachers must convey their belief to students through how they handle everyday events" ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
07-Feb-17
“Despite the tremendous political capital, money, and time that educators, state officials, and policymakers have spent on reforming teacher-evaluation systems,” say the authors of a National Council on Teacher Quality white paper, “states have been running in place with no evidence of real change with regard to the distribution of final evaluation ratings.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
01-Feb-17
Teachers may conclude that to have true leadership power, they need to leave the classroom and become administrators. Killion and her colleagues make the case for a more-ambitious definition of teacher leadership that has real impact on teaching and learning without leaving the classroom. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
26-Jan-17
Summarizing an Education Update article by Alexandria Neason, Kim Marshall reviews the research on the impact of homework, which is decidedly mixed. “We still can’t prove it’s effective,” said education professor Cathy Vatterott. “The research is flawed and idiosyncratic.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
12-Jan-17
“Students aren’t the only ones who need more time to learn,” says Eileen Merritt of Arizona State University in this Kappan article summarized by Kim Marshall; “teachers also need more and better time for learning and planning.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Jan-17
Kim Marshall summarizes the findings of a Review of Educational Research article in which the authors review a century of research on grading practices. Grades convey important information, they are multidimensional, they have a subjective element... ..more
+ 2016
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
15-Dec-16
In this Brookings Evidence Speaks paper, Grover “Russ” Whitehurst takes a critical look at the “soft skills” being embraced by many U.S. schools, where social-emotional learning is increasingly used as one measure of school success. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
07-Dec-16
“Student engagement in school is fundamental to positive educational and life outcomes, including learning, achievement, graduation, and persistence in higher education,” according to the authors of an American Journal of Education article. “By contrast, disengagement can be a precursor to negative outcomes, including low achievement, social and emotional withdrawal, and dropping out.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
30-Nov-16
When literacy specialists finish assessing a student, a parent or administrator often asks, What level is he? Does she have a learning difficulty? At such moments, she says, it’s important to gently “provide a complete portrayal of the processes, strengths, and weaknesses of an emerging or developing reader.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
25-Nov-16
In this Tools for Teaching article, classroom management guru Fred Jones addresses a perennial teacher dilemma: how to respond when students who are being held accountable talk back. He contends it’s a cardinal error to try to push back on student backtalk. ..more
In this Educational Leadership article reviewed by Kim Marshall, David Sadker (American University) and Melissa Koch (Anita Borg Institute) share insights on gender equity... ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
03-Nov-16
In this Education Week article summarized by Kim Marshall, Illinois instructional coach Lisa Westman acknowledges that differentiation is challenging but says there are several myths that make it seem more difficult than it needs to be. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
27-Oct-16
“Psychologists and educational scientists seem to converge on the notion that student involvement is key to successful learning,” according to this article summarized by Kim Marshall. “Despite their appealing nature, controversy remains as to whether and when inquiry-based methods promote student learning.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
20-Oct-16
Issues like evolution, climate change, racism, LGBTQ, and the current presidential campaign are tricky territory for teachers. It’s tempting to share our views – “Being purely neutral on racism, sexism, religious persecution, bullying, and the leadership of our country comes across as inert and impotent, and we are neither,” says Wormeli. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Oct-16
Sometimes, when we’re doing work that isn’t in synch with how we feel, we have to put on our professional game face. That effort is known among psychologists as “emotional labor” – remaining energetic and upbeat despite it all. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
28-Sep-16
“The brains of adolescents are notoriously more receptive to short-term rewards and peer approval,” says Amanda Ripley in this New York Times article summarized by Kim Marshall. But young people are also very attuned to autonomy and social justice. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
21-Sep-16
Kim Marshall summarizes an article in Education Week in which Madeline Will shares five free classroom resources for teaching and discussing this year’s presidential election. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
14-Sep-16
In this report from the American Psychological Association summarized by Kim Marshall, Joan Lucariello and nine colleagues synthesize key psychological principles and explain their implications for PreK-12 educators. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
31-Aug-16
In this article in Educational Leadership, consultant Rick Wormeli remembers how hard he worked as a middle-school teacher to learn the names of all 185 new students in the days right after Labor Day and offers some great advice. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
15-Aug-16
“Simply providing one-to-one assistance is not sufficient to ensure progress on complex tasks such as learning to read and write,” insist a group of researchers in an article summarized by Kim Marshall from Reading Research Quarterly. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
27-Jul-16
In this article in Education Update, Laura Varlas says all too many students do well on the ACT and SAT, but when they get to college, they can’t do the work. Why? The main problem is reading. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
14-Jul-16
Kim Marshall summarizes an article in which the authors argue that "teachers and teacher educators [should] take up different habits of mind and consider how to support the meaningful participation of students who come to us with an array of literacies, which may or not include facility with written academic literacy." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
02-Jul-16
In this Research for Better Teaching article, author/consultant Jon Saphier and Massachusetts superintendent Pia Durkin say a key missing link in school improvement is the effective supervision and evaluation of principals. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
16-Jun-16
In an article summarized by Kim Marshall, Erin Burns, a North Carolina high-school teacher and turnaround team leader, shares her insights on habits that can stand in the way of teachers’ effectiveness. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
07-Jun-16
"Not unlike other professionals devoted to nurture, such as doctors, teachers are measured – and measure themselves – against an idealized image of excellence that involves incessant work," says Christopher Doyle in this Education Week article. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
24-May-16
In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Kevin Gannon (Grand View University) reflects on what he’s learned taking on administrative roles. Almost all of it applies to K-12 leadership. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
13-May-16
In this Educational Leadership article, evaluation expert Charlotte Danielson says the time-consuming, top-down, bureaucratic nature of teacher evaluation in many schools is “undermining the very professionalism that’s essential to creating positive learning environments for students.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
26-Apr-16
Why give students pre-assessments? ask Thomas Guskey and Jay McTighe in an article published in Educational Leadership summarized by Kim Marshall. Notwithstanding their potential benefits, pre-assessments can have numerous downsides. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
20-Apr-16
Kim Marshall summarizes a Kappan article, in which Carla Finkelstein (Towson University) examines the delicate process of establishing trust with teachers and the many reasons for resistance to being “helped” by an instructional coach. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
14-Apr-16
In this New Yorker article, Maria Konnikova reports on resilience – for example, a boy with an alcoholic mother and absent father who walked into school every day with a smile on his face and a fake sandwich in his bag. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Apr-16
In this article in Educational Leadership, assessment expert Dylan Wiliam reports the startling research finding that students often learn nothing from the comments and grades their teachers write on their papers. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
31-Mar-16
In this Edutopia article, Pennsylvania teacher Brett Vogelsinger says that for several years he’s started his ninth-grade English classes with a poem – among them, poems by Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Rumi, Basho, Shakespeare. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
23-Mar-16
In this paper from the Australian Society for Evidence-Based Teaching, Shaun Killian presents a number of well-researched keys to teaching and learning, including clear lesson goals, checking for understanding, practice, summarizing, etc. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
16-Mar-16
In this article in Kappan, former ELA teacher Nancy Gardner and math teacher Nicole Smith argue that the Common Core standards form a natural bridge between the seemingly disparate subject areas of English language arts and math. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
09-Mar-16
Kim Marshall summarizes the key points of an article by Mary Clement (Berry College), who offers these tips for retaining rookie teachers, 41 percent of whom leave the profession within the first five years. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
02-Mar-16
In this article summarized by Kim Marshall, psychologist/consultants Robert Evans and Michael Thompson say that school leaders they’re working with report an increase in problem parents, including a small minority who engage in what can only be described as adult-to-adult bullying. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
24-Feb-16
Secondary-school students’ cellphone obsession keeps them from paying attention in school, says Sarah McKibben in this article in Education Update. So should schools ban cellphones? That’s one option, but students’ long-term development may be better served by moving them toward self-regulation. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
17-Feb-16
The 2015 publication of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages has been a jolt for many foreign-language teachers with its emphasis on college and career preparation, critical thinking, creativity, and the collaborative interplay between language, culture, and communication. ..more
Kim Marshall summarizes an article in AMLE Magazine in which Ruby Payne offers suggestions on how schools should handle students enrolling in the middle of the year, some of whom have been uprooted from their apartments in the middle of the night. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
03-Feb-16
According to a recent poll, many American teachers are feeling disempowered, disrespected, and ignored by policymakers and legislators. In this article summarized by Kim Marshall, the author argues that educators need to be strategic in how they present their concerns. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
27-Jan-16
In this Usable Knowledge article summarized by Kim Marshall, the author explores the all-too-common dynamic of a student struggling with a math problems, giving up, and saying: “I just can’t get this. I’m not a math person.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
13-Jan-16
“Group activities allow students to learn from each other," state the authors of this study summarized by Kim Marshall. However, there’s a lot of homework copying and outright cheating on tests. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
06-Jan-16
In a New York Times article summarized by Kim Marshall, Tara Parker-Pope recommends a series of helpful online homework and study aids. ..more
By Kim Marshall
29-Dec-16
Kim Marshall, an experienced teacher and administrator, boils down a recent article on school leadership. This week, Mr. Marshall revisits some do's and don'ts for the recruitment season. ..more
+ 2015
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
16-Dec-15
Kim Marshall summarizes an article by Frank Furedi in The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he examines the trend whereby many U.S. college professors believe that digital devices have made today’s students so distracted, fragmented, and unfocused that they can’t be expected to read books all the way through. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
02-Dec-15
“All over the country there are schools and organizations trying to come up with new ways to cultivate character,” writes David Brooks in a column summarized for us by Kim Marshall. “The ones I’ve seen that do it best, so far, are those that cultivate intense, thick community." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
19-Nov-15
Kim Marshall offers a summary of an Educational Leadership article in which author/consultant Steven Levy makes the case for taking data use beyond test scores and getting students to own the process, collecting and analyzing pertinent information and setting their own goals. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
11-Nov-15
Kim Marshall summarizes the findings from an Educational Leadership article in which Rob Traver describes how a teacher and a teacher team used data and SMART goals to improve teaching and learning. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Nov-15
Kim Marshall highlights the key points of a paper titled How to Use Retrieval Practice to Improve Learning, in which the authors urge us to “focus on getting information out of students’ heads.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
21-Oct-15
“Why do so many introverts look back on high school as the worst time of their lives – and why do we accept this reality as normal and ‘OK’?” ask Susan Cain (author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) and Emily Klein (Montclair State University) in this article in Independent School. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
13-Oct-15
Kim Marshall highlights the key points of this this Educational Leadership article, in which Thomas Brown (Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders) summarizes recent findings on ADHD. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
30-Sep-15
In this Harvard Business Review article, Sarah Cliffe interviews Brandeis University professor Andy Molinsky about his research on dealing with cultural differences without violating one’s sense of self. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
24-Sep-15
Kim Marshall reviews an article in The Atlantic in which Eric Liu discusses and suggests updates to E.D. Hirsch’s 1987 list of 5,000 names, phrases, dates, and concepts that every educated American should know. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
17-Sep-15
U.S. students’ writing skills leave much to be desired: on the 2012 NAEP assessments, only 30 percent of eighth and twelfth graders were proficient or above. The new ELA standards put writing front and center and are part of a concerted effort to improve those dismal figures. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
19-Aug-15
Kim Marshall reviews an Edutopia article in which Maia Heyck-Merlin (author of The Together Teacher) suggests seven steps to help teachers organize their lives for success, and keep their sanity. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Aug-15
Kim Marshall summarizes the findings of an article in American Educational Research Journal on a study of Word Generation, a cross-disciplinary middle-school program that gets students involved in discussions of civic and moral dilemmas. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
22-Jul-15
There is often a skeptical student at the back of the class who asks, “Why do we need to know this?” Ed. Magazine editor Lory Hough reports on David Perkins' recent thinking on the topic of what is worth learning. ..more
By Kim Marshall
25-Jun-15
Founder of Khan Academy shares thoughts on the future of K-12 teaching and learning, "When a student gets a C on a mathematics test and the class moves on, that student has some missing pieces for the next step in the curriculum, and over a period of years, those holes accumulate." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
10-Jun-15
Kim Marshall reviews “The ‘New PE’ Aims to Build Bodies and Brains” by Laura Pappano, in which the author reports on new thinking about physical education, moving away from dodgeball and basketball to activities that promote fitness, fun, and fairness. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
20-May-15
Kim Marshall reviews an article by Elizabeth Green, whose recent book challenges the myth that teaching is an innate talent. “Researchers have found that the most effective teachers can be extroverts—or they can just as easily be introverts. Some are humorous, but others are serious. Some are as flexible as rubber; others are as rigid as a ruler." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
12-May-15
Kim Marshall presents the key points in Sarah Sparks' Education Week article focused on student “help-seeking” in classrooms. While some students raise their hands before making any effort, others struggle unsuccessfully on their own even though they really need help. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
23-Apr-15
This piece by Canadian teacher Alana Guinane and six of her middle-school students explores how students can be more physically active in school without undermining classroom management. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
19-Mar-15
In this article in Educational Leadership, authors/consultants Robyn Jackson and Allison Zmuda draw a distinction between compliant and engaged students, outlining four strategies to elicit real classroom engagement. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
05-Mar-15
In an article titled "Building Better Teachers" published in The Atlantic, Newark teacher Sara Mosle reprises some familiar concerns about U.S. public education and discusses “a powerfully simple idea: that teaching is not some mystical talent but a set of best practices that can be codified and learned through extensive hands-on coaching, self-scrutiny, and collaboration.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
12-Feb-15
In this thoughtful article in Responsive Classroom, author Paula Denton says that teachers’ choice of words, tone of voice, and pacing have a big influence on how students think, act, and learn. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
28-Jan-15
Kim Marshall summarizes the key points of the article “Perseverance and Grit” by Rick Wormeli, in which the author claims that in some domains, today’s students are incredibly tenacious while in others, not so much. So how do we build stick-to-it-iveness in classrooms? ..more
“What is more important in our lives than learning how to have mutual, caring, romantic relationships?” ask Richard Weissbourd, Amelia Peterson, and Emily Weinstein (Harvard University) in this important Kappan article. Yet schools do precious little in this realm. ..more
+ 2014
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
24-Dec-14
Kim Marshall discusses an article in which Adam Bryant summarizes the key factors involved in building and sustaining a good organizational climate – “the things that, if done well, have an outsize positive impact, and if done poorly or not at all, have an outsize negative impact.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
10-Dec-14
Kim Marshall discusses a valuable Harvard Business Review article, in which Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone explain that in the corporate world, performance evaluations aren’t working very well, especially when they contain critical feedback. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
26-Nov-14
Kim Marshall reviews Daniel Coyle's important book, which takes readers on a journey to the world’s “talent hotspots” – places from which extraordinary achievement has emerged, seemingly by magic. But the real magic? A consistent formula, which includes "deep" practice. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
12-Nov-14
Kim Marshall summarizes the article “Invasion of the Annual Reviews” by Phyllis Korkki, first published in The New York Times, describing the dread associated with performance evaluations and proposing alternatives. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
29-Oct-14
In the higher education world, student surveys are the most common measure of teaching quality—in some cases, the only measure. Kim Marshall summarizes an article providing a meta-analysis of recent studies concerning student evaluations of college instructors. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
14-Oct-14
Kim Marshall summarizes a Harvard Business Review article in which Alex “Sandy” Pentland (MIT) warns leaders to avoid two common errors when making important decisions: working in isolation and following the herd. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
02-Oct-14
Kim Marshall summarizes a compelling Education Week article that examines a few common perceptions about African-American students and educators and tackles these myths head-on. ..more
by Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
17-Sep-14
Summary of a thoughtful Education Week article by Alison Wright in which the math teacher describes the very different reactions she witnessed when two of her students received an identical score on a quiz. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
03-Sep-14
Summary of an article by Karen Poplawski describing how, as a novice principal, she handled a boy who was repeatedly sent to her office for using profanity by calling on teaching techniques. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
06-Aug-14
“What Makes a Good Leader?” Sincerity, decisiveness, self-effacement, and collegiality, for starters. Columnist Kim Marshall summarizes the key points of this article by Rob Jenkins, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. ..more
by Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
23-Jul-14
TIE columnist Kim Marshall presents a summary of author Bradley Alan Ermeling's article on John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who consistently employed four key insights gleaned while teaching high-school English in the 1930s. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
08-Jul-14
In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Ms. Storbeck describes the unfortunate effect as a candidate uses his iPad and keyboard throughout an interview. ..more
by Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
26-Jun-14
Susan Johnson and Susan Fiarman ask whether teacher involvement in teacher evaluation encroaches on the principal’s domain, and actually produces candid feedback. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
10-Jun-14
In supervising your teachers, what works best when it comes to curriculum, documentation, teacher feedback, and classroom visits? On this one, Kim Marshall has his own views. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
27-May-14
Paul Tough believes in the “character hypothesis”—that success depends more on non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence. ..more
Teacher evaluation rubrics and checklists are potentially valuable, but often obscured by "specious, confusing evaluation criteria" and burdened with bureaucratic paperwork. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
29-Apr-14
Help your students transfer their artistic gifts to the academic arena; you will all be happier and more productive for it, says Boston Arts Academy principal Linda Nathan. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
15-Apr-14
Why aren’t America's schools on a steeper improvement curve? Ms. Childress believes it is because we have been slow to use technology to do things differently. But a few schools have begun to develop hybrid approaches. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
01-Apr-14
In the words of Jillian Lederhouse, "our inner life influences our exterior life, and we must continually examine when it may be limiting and when it may be beneficial, whether that influence involves our faith, our politics, or our family." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
04-Mar-14
The key is getting children to focus on the things they can control, not external factors. This makes them less anxious, more confident, and thus happier and more effective players. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
25-Feb-14
How to motivate middle school students to read? Good historical fiction, says one professor - and a well-run literature circle. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
11-Feb-14
How to improve the quality of teaching? Start by exploding a few myths. "Teacher preparation is not important," "experience does not matter," "incompetent teachers are the problem"... Is that so? ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
04-Feb-14
In Project-based science, students investigate a “driving question” that frames important science content, connects to their interests and curiosity, and guides them through several weeks of collaborative investigations. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
22-Jan-14
Kim Marshall summarizes the American School Board Journal article by author/consultant Douglas Reeves which lists six core strategies that have the greatest impact on student learning and educational equity. ..more
+ 2013
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
05-Jun-13
The hiring organization's support “must be consistent, enthusiastic, credible, and authentic”; and for his or her part, the new educational leader should prepare professionally, emotionally, and personally. ..more

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