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Top Education Commentaries of 2015: Education Week's Most-Viewed

To give a sense of which opinion essays our readers found most compelling in 2015, the editors at Education Week have compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed Commentaries. Below, they are ordered by the number of online page views they generated. Revisit these Commentaries and examine perspectives you may have missed in 2015.

1. Differentiation Doesn't Work

Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes. (January 7, 2015) | Filed Under: Achievement Gap, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Accountability, and Achievement

2. Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence. (September 23, 2015) | Filed Under: Research, Parent Involvement, Teacher Quality

3. Differentiation Does, in Fact, Work

One of the leading proponents of differentiated instruction, Carol Ann Tomlinson, writes a spirited defense of the teaching practice.(January 28, 2015) | Filed Under: Curriculum and Instruction, Innovation

4. Why Do Some Schools Feel Like Prisons?

In some struggling majority-minority schools, the emphasis is on discipline to the detriment of learning, Samina Hadi-Tabassum says.(January 28, 2015) | Filed Under: School Climate, Health and Student Life, Discipline

5. Don't Crush Reading Motivation

Teachers should embrace the idea of students choosing their own books, even if they are too hard, Barbara C. Wheatley says. (October 7, 2015) | Filed Under: Early Childhood, Curriculum and Instruction, Parent Involvement, Reading

6. Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters. (May 20, 2015) | Filed Under: Research, Assessment and Testing, Standards

7. A Principal Takes Charge of School Morale

Amidst a web of challenges, principals can still manage to control the "weather" inside their schools, writes Tamara McWilliams.(November 11, 2015) | Filed Under: School Climate, Health and Student Life, Leadership and Management , Texas

8. Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking

It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding. (July 28, 2015) | Filed Under: Classroom Management, Teaching Profession

9. Decriminalizing School Discipline: Why Black Males Matter

Throughout U.S. schools, black males are disciplined more than any other group, writes education professor Tyrone Howard. (April 1, 2015) | Filed Under: Discipline, Diversity, Educating Specific Populations

10. We Aren't Using Assessments Correctly

Testing data should be used as a tool to enhance instruction and learning for teachers and students, writes John Hattie. (October 28, 2015) | Filed Under: Accountability, Assessment and Testing, Teacher Quality

Vol. 35, Issue 15
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