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Top Education Stories of 2018

Top Education Opinion Essays of 2018: Education Week's Most Viewed

Every day, Education Week and our opinion bloggers publish essays from educators, researchers, and experts on pressing education issues. To give a sense of which of these pieces our readers found most compelling in 2018, the editors at Education Week compiled this list of the 10 most-viewed. They are ordered by the number of online visits they generated. Revisit these essays and examine perspectives you may have missed in 2018.

1. Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It.

Let's provide more opportunities in school so children learn how to be healthy and develop an internal locus of control, writes Superintendent Michael J. Hynes. (Aug. 1, 2018) | From the Blog: Finding Common Ground

2. Why Doesn't Every Teacher Know the Research on Reading Instruction?

Literacy expert Susan Pimentel shares three evidence-based practices for how educators can boost reading proficiency. (Oct. 26, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession, Research

3. We Learn by Doing: What Educators Get Wrong About Bloom's Taxonomy

If students can't use what they've learned, they won't remember it for long, writes former teacher Ron Berger. (Sept. 25, 2018) | Filed Under: Curriculum and Instruction, Student Engagement and Motivation

4. The Secret to Student Engagement

How can schools encourage deeper learning? Chip and Dan Heath, bestselling authors and the researchers behind "peak moments," explain. (Jan. 10, 2018) | From a Special Report: 10 Big Ideas in Education

5. No, Students Don't Need Good Grades

It’s time to reimagine a classroom where students are driven by curiosity rather than a score, writes educator and author Mark Barnes. (Jan. 10, 2018) | From a Special Report: 10 Big Ideas in Education

6. Teachers Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay.

It’s not just low wages that put a financial strain on teachers, write two Rutgers researchers. Rising health insurance costs take a toll too. (April 16, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

7. 8 Critical Issues Facing Educators in 2018

Education seems to lose the spotlight to presidential Tweets that aren't very presidential. However, there are eight critical issues that all educators, and those who value education, need to know about. (Feb. 15, 2018) | From the Blog: Finding Common Ground

8. No, Fortnite Isn't Rotting Kids' Brains. It May Even Be Good for Them.

The popular video game holds promise, but that doesn’t mean adults should ignore what kids are doing online, write two researchers. (Aug. 8, 2018) | Filed Under: School Climate, Health, and Student Life

9. Here's What's Wrong With Bloom's Taxonomy: A Deeper Learning Perspective

The classic representation of learning does not accurately reflect how students build understanding, says Ron Berger of EL Education. (March 14, 2018) | From the Blog: Learning Deeply

10. Betsy DeVos: How We Can Catch Up to Other Countries in Education

Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home. (June 28, 2018) | Filed Under: Politics and Policy

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