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Top Teacher Stories of 2015

Education Week's Most Viewed

For an idea of what piqued our readers’ interests in 2015, the editors at Education Week Teacher compiled a list of the 10 most-viewed articles. Do you have a favorite article that wasn’t included? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Teaching Opinion 9 Mistakes New Teachers Make
New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid.
Cristie Watson, August 4, 2015
5 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Why I'm Calling It Quits After Six Years as a Teacher
As she prepares to leave the classroom behind, English teacher Rosa Nam asks herself, "Is teaching turning me into a terrible person, or have I always been this way?"
Rosa Nam, April 7, 2015
5 min read
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Teaching Opinion Why I've 'Softened' My Classroom-Management Style
Sending kids out of class or out of school doesn’t set them up to be successful, Joanna Schimizzi says, offering a different approach.
Joanna Schimizzi, November 18, 2015
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion 3 Things You Can Do This Summer to Be a Better Teacher in the Fall
Becoming a teacher is about finding balance, joy, and opportunities to learn and collaborate, says teacher Elizabeth Stein.
Elizabeth Stein, June 10, 2015
4 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Why Are All the Teachers White?
It's not enough to ask why the teaching profession isn't more diverse, says Christina Berchini. She argues that first, we have to recognize that the education system was created by and for white students and teachers.
Christina Berchini, April 28, 2015
5 min read
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Professional Development CTQ Collaboratory Becoming a Better Public Speaker: Tips From the Greats
Former Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen shares a few lessons to help teacher leaders feel better prepared for public presentations.
Megan M. Allen, July 1, 2015
5 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Distracted by Rewards: Moving Beyond Carrots and Sticks
When students are motivated by star charts and glitter pencils instead of a love of knowledge, writes Justin Minkel, they stop paying attention to what they're supposed to be learning.
Justin Minkel , March 23, 2015
7 min read
Professional Development CTQ Collaboratory Stop Sending Emails, and Other Tips for Building Positive Relationships in Schools
It's easy for teachers to find themselves isolated in the classroom. Paul Barnwell has some strategies for getting more involved in the school community and forging connections between colleagues.
Paul Barnwell, January 13, 2015
5 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Beyond Growth Mindset: Creating Classroom Opportunities for Meaningful Struggle
To foster traits like grit and growth mindset, teachers need to develop lessons that challenge students to work independently toward grasping key conceptual ideas, write researchers Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore.
Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert & Ronald Gallimore, December 7, 2015
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Why Looping Is a Way Underappreciated School-Improvement Initiative
Stay with the same group of students for more than one year to strengthen student-teacher relationships & have a powerful impact on learning.
Justin Minkel , June 17, 2015
8 min read