By Melissa Maypole
Teachers have always learned from one another, sharing experience, insight, and advise, but in today’s rapidly changing pedagogical environment, it’s more important than ever that teachers band together and adopt a growth mindset. One of the best ways to do this is to keep up with the top blogs in the education space where veteran, expert, and award-winning teachers share their knowledge and opinions. To aid in this effort, we’ve compiled a list of the top 30 blogs in education based on page rank, social shares, and reader engagement.
1. Psychology Today: Mindshift explores the changing landscape of education, including changing societal norms, emerging technology, and scientific research about learning.
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2. Answer Sheet: The Washington Post’s education blog explores the latest news, issues, and trends in the education space.
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3. Teacher Network: The Guardian’s teaching blog provides educators of all grades and experience levels with professional development and expert resources.
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4. HuffPost Education: HuffPost Education is written by veteran social studies educator Alan Singer and addresses all areas of the teaching profession including policy, instructional strategies, and issues affecting the daily lives of teachers and students.
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5. The Innovative Educator: Lisa Nielsen’s blog inspires teachers to reach reluctant learners through innovative teaching strategies. Featured Post: Fear is Not an Option When It Comes to Social Media in Schools
6. The Cool Cat Teacher: This award-winning blog written by teacher and author Vicki Davis will keep you organized, inspired, and on top of the latest trends and tricks in teaching and learning.
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7. TeachThought : TeachThought provides K-20 educators with resources, support, thought leadership, and inspiration as they navigate a changing pedagogy in an increasingly connected world.
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8. The Hechinger Report: The Hechinger Report is a journalistic blog that exposes inequality in education and proposes innovative solutions for bridging the gap. Featured Post: What Urban Districts Need to Know to Get their English language Learners Up to Common Core Standards
9. Think Inclusive: Think Inclusive provides ideas, information, and resources to help teachers assist students with disabilities in mainstream learning environments.
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10. Getting Smart: Getting Smart is a comprehensive education community assisting teachers in grades K-12 and beyond become more effective and better connected.
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11. Education News: This blog’s mission is to educate teachers on the latest news on educational policy and research.
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12. Finding Common Ground: In this EdWeek blog, Peter DeWitt helps students and teachers find common ground as they strive to teach, learn, and grow together.
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13. Kevin’s Meandering Mind : This blog offers tutorials, ideas, and support for the elementary school teacher. Featured Post: When Trust Gets Breached, Repairs May Be Impossible
15. Math Coach’s Corner: Mindshift explores the changing landscape of education, including changing societal norms, emerging technology, and scientific research about learning.
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16. Math Coach’s Corner: Mindshift explores the changing landscape of education, including changing societal norms, emerging technology, and scientific research about learning.
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17. Middle Web: The middle grades can mark an especially difficult transition for students. This blog helps teachers of grades 4-8 reach kids where they are.
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19. The Learning Network: The New York Time’s learning blog features lesson plans and interactive activities for students based on the publication’s content.
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20. Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzoo: In this EdWeek blog, award-winning high school English and Social Studies teacher Larry Ferlazzo answers teachers’ questions about lesson plans, classroom management, ELL instruction, and more.
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21. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day : Well-known high school teacher and education guru Larry Ferlazzo compiles the best ELL, ESL, and EFL games, resources, and activities in this popular blog.
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22. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Available by subscription only, The Chronicle of Higher Education features the most recent news and trends in the higher education space.
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23. Psychology Today: Faculty focus provides college instructors with support, resources, and news on effective teaching strategies for online and offline courses.
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24. Inside Higher Ed: Inside Higher Ed features the latest in news and opinions for undergraduate and graduate teachers, including teaching and learning trends, ideas, and resources.
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25. ProfHacker: ProfHacker helps university faculty members adopt effective teaching strategies, integrate technology in the curriculum, and become more productive.
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26. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: If you want to stay up-to-date on the best technology hacks for the classroom, this is the blog to follow.
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27. Tech & Learning: Tech & Learning is intended to be a comprehensive resource for educational technology leaders such as district-level technology coordinators, but is also a go-to blog for classroom teachers interested in integrating the most recent technology into their classrooms.
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28. Edudemic: Edudemic features guest bloggers from around the world who share practical classroom applications for the latest educational technology.
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29. Dangerously Irrelevant: Written by leading educational technology leader Scott McLeod, Dangerously Irrelevant helps school leaders integrate emerging technology in their schools in ways that are relevant and meaningful to teaching and learning.
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30. Free Technology for Teachers: Richard Byrne curates the best free technology from around the world with practical applications for the classroom.
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About the Author
Melissa Maypole taught high school English and Advanced Composition in Aiken, SC for six years. She is currently working in online curriculum development and is also a prolific freelance writer. She earned her B.A. from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and holds a Masters degree in Education with a specialty in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum. You can find her on twitter: @MelissaMaypole.