This is part of a series of ‘Best of 2011‘ posts where we share some of the best education-related materials of the past year. Be sure to check back on a regular basis as we’ve got some pretty exciting stuff coming soon!
It’s super easy to start your own blog. That’s a good thing. (Check out our ultimate guide to using WordPress for tips!) It means teachers with little time (isn’t that every teacher?!) or technical know-how can actually have a stellar blog. Since the technical part of blog creation is so easy, teachers can focus on content. Lucky for us, there were a ton of amazing new education blogs created in 2011.
From blogs about education technology to ones answering questions from parents… there are lots to add to your preferred RSS reader. Each of these blogs was nominated for an Edublogs award for being the best new blog of the year. In the meantime, start working your way through this epic list of content creators!
- 300000 Questions by Laura Sutherland
Teacher and keen amateur baker. This blog is to help me gain head space and cupboard space in the hope of always trying to be better at what I do. It’s a record my personal teaching practice. If I spread a few good ideas on the way then that’s a bonus.
- A journee in language by Brad Patterson
I’m fascinated by culture, languages and have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit over the years, meeting tons of wonderful people and learning tons from them. Today, at 32 and 1/6, I have wandered once again with eyes wide-open into a new land of blogging and twitter, and I must say, I’m really enjoying it.
- A Journey Into Learning by Tamas Lorincz
I’ve been an English Teacher for almost 20 years now. One might think I have learnt something along the way. Well, I’m not quite sure. I have taught English in Hungary, trained teachers in the Middle East, worked for a publishing company in the UK. I lived in Iraqi Kurdistan for 9 fantastic months. Worked at one of the most exciting airlines in the world in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I taught in a secondary school and mentored a brilliant group of fantastic English teachers in Sharjah, UAE. In 2010 I came back to Hungary with my wonderful wife and my 4-month-old daughter. Since then we have lived in a small town in 34 kms from Budapest.
- Alice Leung’s blog
I began my teaching career in 2007. I am currently Head Teacher Science at a government comprehensive high school in Sydney, Australia. My roles include leading the a team of 5 other science teachers to deliver quality science learning to our students as well as leading the integration of technology across all subject areas in the school. My main project at the moment is working with teachers to implement the Australian Government’s Digital Education Revolution, which is a 1:1 laptop program for high school students. This is my second year in this role.
- All 4 My Child
As speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists, the collaborative approach we have used for years has led to extraordinary changes in the kids with whom we work. Over the course of those years, we have shared a common passion in searching for better ways to make therapy as salient and meaningful as possible. Through our work at Children’s Therapy Associates, a private practice in Natick, Massachusetts, we have experienced firsthand that the whole is definitely better than the sum of its parts!!
Amiria Gale is a New Zealand artist from the small east coast town of Tolaga Bay. She is the eldest of six children. Her father was a fisherman; her family lived right on the edge of the sea.
- Aspiring to Higher Tech by Tannis Emann
My name is Tannis Emann and I was born and raised in Calgary and I still happily call it home. I have been a teacher for 13 years and my experiences have included Kindergarten to Grade 6, special education, a range of schools, team teaching and leadership. I am grateful for the rich diversity in my career as it continually challenges me and pushes my practice forward. Technology has always been a part of my teaching and in many forms. I love the variety, richness and depth of experiences that it makes possible for students and teachers. This year I am taking many risks as I leap off the virtual edge of teaching and learning. I have physically and metaphorically removed the walls of my classroom by taking a professional leave from my school to work on my Master’s in Educational Technology and Design at the University of Saskatchewan. My loyal study partner is our black lab Rudie. She shows her support by doing my sleeping for me and reminding me that fresh air and a good walk always put life into perspective.
- Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.He also maintains the popular Websites of the Day blog. In this EdWeek blog, an experiment in knowledge-gathering, he will address readers’ questions on classroom management, ELL instruction, lesson planning, and other issues facing teachers. Send your questions to email@example.com. And offer your own thoughts and responses in the comments section.
- Drydent Art by Tricia Fuglestad
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07 is the K-5 art teacher at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. She was named 2011 Illinois Art Teacher of the Year and was one of 10 nation-wide to receive the 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. Learn more on the Fugleflicks wiki.
- ELT Bites
BITE-sized lesson challenges for English language teachers
- Exploring the Outdoor Classroom by Kristin
Teachers often heave a sigh of relief when they take their students out to recess. Finally! The children can burn off the pent up energy they had been accruing for the past few hours indoors. But what if we change our outlook on outdoor play time? What if we create an outdoor environment that offered all of the learning opportunities that one would typically find indoors? What if children could run out to a well-planned play yard to find experiences in math, science, nature, dramatic play, water, building and construction, sensory activities, physical development, art and music? What if they play yard developed critical thinking, discovery, problem solving, and cooperative skills? The result would be that we wouldn’t have “just recess” anymore. We would have The Outdoor Classroom!
- Flights of Whimsy by Karen
I am a preschool teacher, working in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. My personal philosophy of EC education has evolved over the years from a thorough knowledge of child development theory and a strong desire to understand how young children think and learn. My teaching practice has been influenced significantly by three important intellectual traditions: Howard Gardner’s theory of “Multiple Intelligences”; European and American strands of “Progressive Education”; and, Piagetian and Vygotskian “Constructivist Psychologies”.
- GBM Corner by Mark
Hello, I’m the guy who does GBM Corner. I play basketball and tackle football. I am 10 and in fourth grade. I live in California. I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing video games, playing sports, and writing articles. This blog is kind of a combination of all those things. I am kind of an author. I am working on an action & adventure fantasy book series Eric Leroy’s Universe.
- Happy Hooligans by Jackie
I’m Jackie: Wife to one handsome and handy hubby (Mike), Mom to 2 awesome boys(Andrew 11, and Matthew almost 14), and daycare provider to an amazing bunch of little people whom I lovingly refer to as The Hooligans.
- iASKu by Chiew Pang
Exclusive interviews with teachers who dare to be different
- It’s All About Learning by Tia Henriksen
Hi! My name is Tia Henriksen. I am an elementary administrator in Surrey, BC. I began my teaching career in 1995 when I graduated university with a Bachelor’s Degree. In the year 2000, I started my Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Diagnostic Instruction and Remediation (completing this degree in 2002). After teaching for approximately 10 years, I was hired as an elementary school vice-principal just after my first child was born 6 years ago. Since then, I have worked in three diverse elementary schools as the vice-principal. In addition, I have had the pleasure of adding two more children to our family. I love the difference I can make at the schools in which I work. It is amazing to see the growth of the students, their parents, the teachers and the support staff. It has been a great experience witnessing my own growth as well. I truly believe in being a life-long learner. I’m always looking for something new to learn about or try (like this blog). Without learning, life would not be as nearly as rewarding or invigorating as it is now.
- Jeremy Hyler 40
First and foremost, I am a husband and father who loves his family very much. On top of that, I am a middle school language arts teacher who enjoys working with middle school students in finding their voice in writing. I am a National Writing Project teacher consultant who has a passion for writing and using tools from the 21st century to write. I am a former coach who believes athletes in general lack work ethic. I have published a small article in the Michigan Readers Association Summer Journal edition and I also have a published resource on the National Writing Project’s Digital Is website. I am the author of my blog jeremyhyler40.wordpress.com. I tweet, I Facebook and I love learning about new media to incorporate into my classroom.
- Klienspiration by Erin Klein
Currently working in education, with a business background, I value the importance of technology integration and global preparation into the learning environment. Being an involved person, I streamline my creative teaching ideas into project-based applications that enhance the academic standards. My Master’s of Education focus is in curriculum and instruction. I’ve researched best-practice teaching methodologies and traveled the state presenting to educators on how to create 21st century learning environments that will help shape the future of our practices in education.
- Kreative Resources by Leeanne A
A source for sharing program & activity ideas for the Early Childhood Educator.
- languagemoments by Dale Coulter
Reflections on language and teaching.
- Learning for Life by Kierna C
The motto of my nursery class: “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin 1819-1900
- Love::Teaching by Laura Coughlin
I wish my students got to spend more time using technology in my classroom. It seems like all my new ideas for teaching them reading have something to do with technology. So you can imagine my surprise when I was sitting with a group of teachers this week talking about how we wish we could have computers in our classrooms every day when one woman spoke up and said, “I don’t think technology is good for all the kids.”
- Magic in Education! by Elinda Gjondedaj
This blog has been created in order to present my work and research on new teaching technologies based on the Internet and its components. ( A relatively new field nowadays here in Greece) The creator of this blog is Elinda Gjondedaj. I am an undergraduate student on the 8th semester at the Department of English Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as a freelance English Teacher and a Translator. I have also conducted proffessional presentations as a teacher trainer with a speciallisation in the use of technology in Education. I created this blog in order to upload material I gather concerning new ideas on teaching technologies. I was assigned to hold a workshop on this issue within the framework of “Writing Theories & Practices” lesson, conducted by Professor Mrs. Bessie Mitsikopoulou (academic year 2010-2011). (Partner on this workshop was Menelaos Aggatheris, who has also kindly contributed some blog posts in this blog. You can see Menelaos’ posts here ) My first contact with the topic of importing new technological elements on the teaching procedure was the attendance at the Computer Assisted Language Learning seminar, conducted by Professor Mr. Vasilis Hartzoulakis.
- Matthew’s Ruminations
This blog articulates my ruminations concerning a broad range of topics. I hope you will join me on a journey of intellectual discovery.
- Miss Baker’s Beaut Bunch
We are a fantastic year 2 class at Mission Heights Primary School in Flatbush, Auckland, New Zealand. We love learning and having fun at school. Our school is only a few years old and filled with state of the art learning technologies that we love to use. We would love you to comment on our blog and suggest new blogs for us to visit!
- No Sleep ’til Summer by Ms. D. Mac
Many teachers are finding themselves today with long-term ELLs, or newcomers, or SIFE students (students with interrupted formal education) in their classrooms. It can be overwhelming, especially in this climate, but it can also be exhilarating. I am a wife, mother, and ESL teacher learning every day how to do all those things better. I teach in an elementary school in NYC at an elementary school where all of my students are in the beginning stages of learning English and learning how to learn in English; sometimes it feels like many of them jump off the plane and come straight to my room! I love working with immigrant children and being their ambassador to this new language, new city, new country. I love expanding my own sense of the world, children, and myself, from knowing them and learning from them. Being a teacher has changed me more than any other “job” I have ever had before.
- Not Just A Teacher by Pauline
I’m a newbie Blogger inspired to write by many marvellous people and recent events. The Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum was my main inspiration and is an event every teacher should have the opportunity to attend-it’s life changing!
- Not Your Father’s School by Peter Gow
Working toward answers to these questions: What is a “21st-century education”? How should a modern independent school be managed and led? What’s a teacher supposed to do in a world where the ground keeps constantly shifting? How can a single educator piece together a coherent vision of “school today”: management, leadership, curriculum, teaching, tools? What’s certain is that the schools we’re striving to create today are not your father’s (or your mother’s) school.
- Random Thoughts of a Maths Lecturer by Pam O’Brien
Who am I? Pam O’Brien. Where am I? Tipperary, Ireland. What am I? Mother, wife, daughter, sister, lecturer and lots more.
- Someday My Printz Will Come by Karyn Silverman
Which book will win the gold? Will there be honor books? This is the place to discuss books we think are likely to be under consideration for the annual Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Contributors: Karyn Silverman and Sarah Couri. Opinions stated do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, NYPL, YALSA or any other institutions with which the authors are affiliated.
- Speech Room News by Jenna Rayburn
I am a speech language pathologist working with preschool and elementary students.I sign my IEP’s as Jenna Rayburn M.A., CCC-SLP. I’m a graduate of The Ohio State University and Ohio University. My speech room is chronically messy. I love doing fun activities in the speech room and hate doing the same old activities. Feel free to use the freebies on this blog. Send me your ideas so I can share them with others!
- SpenceSpace by MB
One of my favorite ways to teach is through error and frustration. Maybe that sounds mean, but one of the most “a-ha” activities that we do every year results in just that – mistakes, failure and frustration.
- Teaching Blog Addict
Who are Teaching Blog Addicts? We are an international community of teachers, home educators, parents, mentors, and tutors. We love teaching and want our children to love learning. TBA provides bloggers and readers direct access to fabulous teaching blogs that are filled with creative teaching tips and fun educational resources. You will become hooked- it’s guaranteed!
- Teaching the Teacher by Stephanie
- Teaching the World with Team Future
I’m Stephanie. As the name of this blog suggests, I’m studying to become a teacher. I’m currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching via distance at a New Zealand university. Hopefully I will be finished within a year and will be out in the ‘real world’ teaching in 2012. This isn’t my first foray in the world of education. I worked as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher in Korea for four years before returning to New Zealand to get a ‘real job.’ I spent the next three years writing cables and reporting on current events which, despite the current wikileaks scandal, sounds far more interesting than it actually was. I knew I needed to do something more satisfying with my life and missed the buzz of being in the classroom. So at the ripe old age of 31 I decided to return to university to get my teaching diploma so I could become a real teacher. In my spare time I am a gym bunny, an awesome homebaker and like to travel to offbeat destinations.
- Tech With Intention
A wonderful blog that profiles educators who are effectively integrating technology.
- Terice T. Schneider’s Digital Home
Terice T. Schneider is in her sixth year as an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Belton Independent School District after serving in that capacity for Georgetown ISD for five years. As an English teacher for 15 years before working in technology, she knows what it is like to be in the classroom and uses that experience to help her choose the appropriate software and hardware, to implement new programs and offer staff development for the district.
- The #australiaseries Blog
The Australia Series is a group of online professional development sessions run in Elluminate as part of Learn Central.
- The Candid Librarian by Jennifer Northrup
Media Specialist. Techie. “Alias” Junkie. Book Diva. Aspiring Author. Scrapbooker. Card Maker.
- The Dyslexic Professor by Marialice Curran
I’m proud to be from Massachusetts and those who know me will admit that I’m all about Boston, especially my beloved Red Sox! I started my teaching career in 1993 at South Middle School in Braintree, MA and have been a middle level ambassador ever since! After five years of teaching, I headed back to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. at Boston College with a focus on middle level curriculum and instruction. Upon completion of my doctoral work I was the Head of Middle School at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, MA for two years before moving to Connecticut and starting my debut as a SoE faculty member at Saint Joseph College in West Hart Hartford, CT.
- The Learning Spy by David Didau
our the past four years I have been head of a very successful English faculty at Priory Community School in Weston-super-Mare. When not being a teaching geek and getting over excited about learning in all its guises, I am a frustrated troubador and sometime poet. I’m currently writing The Perfect English Lesson, edited by Jackie Beere and am available to speak at weddings, ba mitzvah’s and INSET days.
- Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil
I am a very lucky Tasmanian Devil who is going to be travelling around this great world of ours. If I stay in Tasmania, Australia I am likely to die of a terrible disease called a facial tumour. Check out the links on this blog to find out more about this disease. Miss W and I will be travelling around parts of USA and Canada during September to November this year 2011. We will be visiting some friends of hers and also looking at the natural beauty of those countries.
- Two Libraries One Voice
This blog is the story of John Schu and Shannon Miller connecting their amazing students at Brook Forest Elementary in Oak Brook, Illinois and Van Meter Elementary in Van Meter, Iowa.
- Virtual Dave…Real Blog by Dave LankesR. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, the director of the library science program for the school and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today’s society.