As an educator, I am constantly looking for new ideas to shape my educational philosophy and pedagogy. While I don’t always have the time to read a book on current trends in education, I can always find a few moments each day to peruse the blogs that I follow and read a few posts to get my mental wheels spinning. Here are 10 of my favorite sources for inspiration:
TeachThought- I follow TeachThought for the variety of topics that they cover. Their stated mission includes “exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today.” I always find thought-provoking posts that are applicable to my work and are worth sharing on the TeachThought blog.
Tech & Learning- While Tech & Learning isn’t really a single blog as much as it is an aggregation of some really great bloggers, it is definitely a great place to find posts that will challenge your ideas about teaching and learning. Their focus is a little more on the Ed Tech side, but is certainly not limited to that. Tech & Learning gives voice to some very passionate learning advocates.
Dangerously Irrelevant- Dangerously Irrelevant is Scott McLeod’s blog about Education, Leadership and the Future of Schools. Anyone who is interested in education leadership should be reading this blog. Scott’s passion for excellent teaching and learning is evident in every post.
A Principal’s Reflections- Eric Sheninger’s blog about educational leadership, effective technology integration, best practices, and creating a student-centered learning culture is another great glimpse into leading in the Digital Age. I recommend A Principal’s Reflections because it paints a picture of reflective practice in a real school environment.
My Island View- Tom Whitby’s blog, My Island View, is a great blog for folks who are interested in how and why educators connect. Tom does a good job of not letting the noise of education distract from what really matters. His focus on our collective power to improve teaching and learning is inspiring.
Teacher Reboot Camp- Shelly Terrell’s blog is a favorite because it is filled with challenges for teachers who are looking to make a difference. Teacher Reboot Camp includes Shelly’s popular 30 Goals Challenge for Educators as well as many other resources and reflections. If you are looking for a catalyst to drive your own growth, you couldn’t do better than to start with this blog.
2 Cents Worth- What I love about David Warlick’s 2 Cents Worth blog is that it covers a lot of ground. David doesn’t get hung-up on one topic, but what he has to say on the different topics he takes on is always thoughtful and honest. The rabbit-hole he takes us down doesn’t typically result in answers, but I feel it does develop wisdom. I appreciate that his posts come across as informed and intelligent without coming across as the final answer. I often leave 2 Cents Worth with something worth ruminating on.
The Committed Sardine- Technically a bit more of a curation project, The Committed Sardine blog is part of the larger 21st Century Fluency Project. The awesome thing about this blog, though, is that the folks who are finding, curating and sharing the great resources and articles are doing so through an educationally sound filter. Ian Jukes and the rest of the team share out the best of educational web publishing, making it easier to find good content when you have limited time to seek it out on your own.
Education Rethink- John T. Spenser is one of my favorite bloggers. He’s honest, he has humility in his thinking, he’s clever, and he obviously cares about his students and his profession. You won’t catch John taking very many radical stands without reminding you of the other side of the argument. When I read Education Rethink posts, I am reminded that the work we do in education is complex and deserves careful consideration. As a bonus, John is genuinely funny and he uses that wit to keep the rest of us honest.
Stump the Teacher- What I really enjoy about Josh Stumpenhorst’s blog, Stump the Teacher (http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com/) is his ability to celebrate the humanity that can get lost in formal education. It is not unusual to read a post here that makesAs an educator, I am constantly looking for new ideas to shape my educational philosophy and pedagogy. While I don’t always have the time to read a book on current trends in education, I can always find a few moments each day to peruse the blogs that I follow and read a few posts to get my mental wheels spinning.
Taken together, these 10 blogs represent a library of inspiration for reflective educators. If you enjoy finding new ways to think about teaching and learning, this list is a great place to begin your search.