From time to time, we all need advice, and excellent educators will always seek answers regarding challenges. Teachers and administrators have been taking their experience, insight and hard work to the blogosphere, ushering in a new collaborative culture that's bringing together the schools and classrooms of the world.
The list below represents EducationWorld's favorite educator blogs to follow in 2013. Some of these feature the latest in education news, while others put everything out there and share the entire classroom experience, fears and all. Some even provide inspiration and a spark of creativity. Check out our selections below and see for yourself!
A list of blogs we love appears below.
Steve Haberlin's Blog
A teacher of gifted students, Steve Haberlin has been a thoughtful contributor to the EdWorld Community. As he grows as both a blogger and educator, reading about his experience in the classroom has been a blast. Hit this blog up for brilliant ideas, powerful commentary and a fresh voice on issues that matter to every educator.
Speed of Creativity
Wesley Fryer writes about technology and creativity in this excellent education blog. A plethora of his presentations as a keynote speaker, including TED Talks and other resources, are available, along with relevant news and musings on how technology is helping to shape the minds of the next generation.
Speech Room News
Jenna Rayburn is a speech language pathologist who works with preschool and elementary students. Offering everything from speech activities and printouts to speech therapy app reviews, this blog is both personal and inviting. Speech Room News offers a unique and much-needed language resource to the education blogosphere.
Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Vicki Davis is all about being cool, which helps engage this generation's students. This mother of three pumps her blog full of thoughts on the latest in education. Davis covers technology, news and lesson plans, perfectly blending accessibility with a personality that's relatable to students, parents and educators alike. Make sure to check out this cool cat!
Bulldog Readers Blog
Julie Hembree is the teacher-librarian media specialist behind the Bulldog Readers Library Blog. A combination of classroom lessons, book reviews and previews by multiple authors and fun video trailers, this blog is a great asset to any K-6 educator looking to enrich his/her reading environment.
Globicate is the brainchild of Arizona teacher Heidi Befort. A blog on teaching children about global issues and the current events that affect us all, Globicate helps educators embrace global teaching and build students' cultural awareness. Befort also advocates for environmental concerns, focusing on many other aspects of the larger global picture.
Kleinspiration acts as a front page for education on the Internet, showcasing a blend of social media efforts, technology reviews and resources, along with updates on happenings in the world of Michigan-based blog author Erin Klein.
The Principal of Change
George Couros, the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada, certainly is a "principal of change." His blog covers school improvement, with inspiration and innovation at the helm. Using a laudable approach that's both refreshing and honest, Couros focuses on students' needs.
Miss D's English and Literacy Blog
Love English? So does Miss D! Check out this lovely blog that pops with phenomenal infographics and other Tumblr offerings. Miss D shares a good deal of perspective and experience from her days as an English Coordinator at a UK inner-city school, and from her current work at an international high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. Check out her broad and addictive posts for a helpful dose of everything English .
A Principal's Reflections
Eric Sheninger is a principal with powerful words behind him. Viewing education as a "reflective practice," this blog highlights the experience of one administrator from New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ. Sheninger's wonderful section of content spans educational leadership, reform and technology integration.