6 Excellent Blogs for Teachers

Blogs recommended for teachers

I love a good teacher blog! When I first discovered blogs written by teachers/for teachers a few years ago, I subscribed to every one I could find. Over time I realized that some were more helpful to me than others.

I find that I really love blogs that hit at least one of three criteria:

  • The blog offers fresh, creative ideas.
  • The blog is beautiful and inspiring and makes me want to try new things.
  • The blog stays positive and helpful. I find something there that will strengthen my teaching.

This certainly isn’t an all-encompassing list; it’s just six of my favorites I wanted to share with you!

I’ve already raved on this site before about Deep Space Sparkle  and Fairy Dust Teaching. However, to review:

1) Deep Space Sparkle: Patty Palmer has done a magnificent job of creating a blog that meets all 3 criteria listed above. Her blog is beautiful, practical, full of creative ideas, and is so inspiring! She is a visual arts teacher, and art teachers are her primary audience. However, any classroom teacher or homeschooling mom seeking authentic art connections should follow Patty’s blog! She offers e-courses and sells packets of art lessons with step by step instructions and examples.

Here are a few favorite posts:

Painting Tips for Kinders and Pre-K

Double Loading Painting Technique

Creating a Rainbow video post

2) Fairy Dust Teaching – I’ve been following Sally Haughey’s blog for years. I can’t even count how many great ideas I’ve “borrowed” from her blog- especially when I was teaching preschool! She is so creative and inspiring and she offers some top-notch e-courses on topics such as classroom management, family involvement, and curriculum design. Her blog currently inspires with a Reggio Emilia/ Waldorf vibe; any teacher PreK- 3rd should make Sally’s blog regular reading!

Here are a few favorite posts:

Valentine’s Playdough

Mystery Readers

Rewards vs. Bribes- What’s the Difference?

Here are a few more blog favorites that I might not have mentioned before. And two are brand new!

3) Teach.Train.Love. – Bevin Reinen is a first grade teacher with great ideas! Many of her posts are total “Wonder Teaching” fuel, including topics such as movement breaks, outdoor learning, and engaging reluctant readers.

A few of my favorite posts:

20 Brain Breaks to Fight the Fidgeting

20 More Brain Breaks

Teaching is Tough: Stay Positive!

4) Queen of the First Grade Jungle (Now Exploring Second!) – It’s always cool when you read someone’s blog for a while and then eventually get to know them in real life! That is what has happened for me with Katie King, the “Queen!” In case you were wondering, she’s a TOTAL Wonder Teacher. Her dedication to her students is so inspiring to me. Not only is Katie an excellent teacher, blogger, and mom, but she also has an impressive store on Teachers Pay Teachers. And I love her commitment to Writer’s Workshop as a “best practice” teaching strategy.

Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Animal Wax Museum Project

Math and Poetry Night

Meet Furball and Freebie

(*NEW*) 5) Apples and Brushes – I have to stop for a moment and brag! Chrissy and Vicki are two local teachers (and friends of mine) who have really committed themselves to learning how to effectively integrate the arts into their teaching. They are teachers who are SUPER passionate about their career and students and are always seeking fresh ideas. One of the things I love most about them is their willingness to share with their fellow teachers. Recently they started hosting after-school “just for fun” art classes for the rest of the faculty. Isn’t that awesome?

A few of my favorite posts:

Gingerbread Reader’s Theater 

‘Tis the Season

(*NEW*) 6) Growing the Whole Child – Another brag moment: I first met my friend, Kendall, when we taught preschool together several years ago. She was one of those people who comes into your life as a burst of inspiration and makes you want to be a better teacher/ mom/ person in general. I learned so much from her and was challenged by her in the best ways. I have been telling her for over a year that she MUST start a blog to share her wisdom with the world. And guess what, she did! If you are a parent of a child of any age, you need to check it out (and subscribe!) You will seriously be blessed. (Most of her posts are very helpful to classroom teachers as well.)

A few of my favorite posts:

A Museum Tasting

Wear a Sand Hat!

Exercise Your Brain: Go to a Movie!

So what are you waiting for? Go check them out, subscribe, and enjoy!

♥, Susan

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Comments

  1. Oh, thank you, Susan, for this lovely mention! It’s such a thrill knowing that someone out there loves my blog! Can’t wait to look at the other blogs. I’m like you and get very inspired by someone else’s creative efforts.
    You are the best!
    Patty
    Patty recently posted..Smart Classroom Management InterviewMy Profile

  2. Thanks Susan! We couldn’t have done it without your support and inspiration!!

    I can’t wait to visit the other new blogs. I’m also very interested in Fairy Dust Teaching. When I taught at the First Baptist Church in Greenville they used the Reggio Emilia approach as well! It was so powerful and quite a learning experience for the kids!!!

  3. Thanks for the shout out! Your support is most appreciated.

    Your criteria for selecting blogs… might this criteria also be applied in other areas of our lives? Surround yourself with freshness, creativity, beauty, inspiration, positivity, and help!
    See, I can even challenge you in a comment box!
    Kendall James recently posted..Help for a weaned infantMy Profile

  4. Oh my goodness! I have been so busy in the classroom I had not noticed your shout out! Thank you so much! I am so loving your blog and all of the high quality content! It is so inspiring and a call to be deeply connected to our teaching practices. And you are an amazing photographer! Big hugs from Fairy Dust Teaching!
    Sally Haughey recently posted..Recycled Chinese DragonMy Profile

    • Thanks Sally! You are awesome!! :-) (PS- I can’t tell you how helpful your Blogging 101 course was in getting me started. Thank you!)

  5. Thank you for the sweet acknowledgement Susan! :) You have inspired us in many ways. I look forward to looking at these other blogs and getting more great ideas!

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