How to improve at teaching? There’s a natural limit for our talents at whatever endeavor we pursue. We might be good naturally, but it can only take us so much until we hit a wall and get stuck.
It is in those times that we need help. And what better help than from those who have years upon years of experience struggling with the exact same thing you are struggling right now. Teaching included.
The best thing about these helpful blogs that teachers should read is that here you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the rights and wrongs others have made in your same career, drawing upon their experience while also interacting with a community you can relate to for further learning and networking. What else can you ask for? Check them out.
#1 Much More Than Common Core
This blog offers practical ways for busy teachers to get their voices heard (stepping into the limelight), research findings in accessible ways, and regular interviews with top experts in the field.
teacherofsci.com is an education and teacher support blog that has the aim of supporting teachers everywhere. I publish articles written by experts in their field on teaching strategies, behaviour management, EdTech and current issues affecting teachers and education as a whole. It also features health and wellbeing and finance advice for teachers.
#3 The Makers Empire Blog
Want to be at the forefront of Design Thinking for grades K-8? Keen to learn how to teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st century learning skills with 3D printing and design? The Makers Empire blog is updated three times a week with thought-provoking interviews with elementary and primary school teachers, school case studies, lesson ideas, 3D printing tips, videos, free resources for teachers and more
I love this blog because it has something for everyone. The blog covers project-based learning, digital learning, personalized learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and any other style you can think of. There’s education news, tips from other teachers, and what they offer fits both K-12 and Higher Ed teachers. It’s easy to sort by topic so that you can get to the blogs that are relevant to you. And they even have a podcast if you prefer to get your education content in the audio form.
#5 Teacher Tom’S Blog
Teacher Tom’s blog, is a description of the day-to-day activities of a play-based, cooperative preschool, combined with comments on the rationale behind play-based education and the damage that too much emphasis on academics can do to young learners. I find it both enlightening and endearing.
Edutopia is an educational, information-based site that publishes articles on core teaching strategies and teacher development. Its mission statement emphasizes the importance of education and how it will continue to restructure future generations and therefore upholds the responsibility of spreading the appropriate resources for teachers to grow not only as educators but as life-changers and leaders.
#7 Symonds Teacher Training
The Symonds team focus on teacher training with a heavy focus on adult learning. Symonds help teachers and trainers to provide CPD (Continuing Professional Development) in the classroom through classes and workshops, for people of all ages. The teacher resources include posts on how to teach and to become a better teacher, free tools and direct online coaching.
The recommendations of items within this article where sourced from industry experts. Their names and websites are listed below.
Jenny Grant Rankin from Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D
Paul Stevens-Fulbrook from teacherofsci
Christina Soong from Makers Empire
Quinn Frantzen from SolidProfessor
Nancy Schimmel from Sisters Choice
Shiwon Oh from Fueled
Dr Valeria Lo Iacono from Symonds Research
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