Life as a teacher, especially one fresh off attending your own classes, can be hard. You have to wake up early, work late and manage a classroom full of kids, each with their own diverse needs and expectations. Luckily, there are numerous teachers out there who are willing to share their expertise and classroom experiments with teachers young and old. Here are some great blogs that offer insights into what classes of kids are doing around the world as well as providing some great advice on everything from dealing with parents to figuring out grades.
These blogs cover multiple elementary school grades.
- Lutherville iLab: This blog is the perfect place to see how a blog can be used to share what students are doing in their work as well as find some great, creative ideas that can be used in your classroom as well.
- Mrs. Kolbert’s Class Blog: Here, you’ll find posts from a veteran teacher who shares not only her insights into the larger issues of education, but also into her elementary school classrooms.
- Infotech with Mr. Losik: This teacher works with elementary students to show them how to effectively and responsibly use technology– something any educator can learn from.
- Reflections of the TZSTeacher: You’ll find some amazing lessons on dealing with elementary-age children on this blog from teacher Paula White.
Check out these classroom blogs for insights into teaching kindergarten, first and second grade.
- Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog: Mrs. Cassidy is a first grade teacher who shares projects and pictures of her students on this blog.
- Patterson’s Pack: Get some ideas on what to read with your students, what kind of projects to do and different ways to approach 1st grade standards from this classroom blog.
- The KinderKids’ Blog: Whether you’re a kindergarten teacher or just want to learn more about working with young children, you’ll find some great inspiration on this blog.
- Mrs. Poulin’s Blog: Based around a kindergarten class, this blog shows what students in one Massachusetts school do to learn and grow.
- 2,4,6,8, Meet Me at the Garden Gate: While this blog is partially created for students and their parents, early education professionals will also find something to take away from it.
- Mrs. Nessman’s Grade Ones: Check out the great art projects, learning resources and help for parents found on this blog.
- IST Grade 2: The International School of Tanganyika offers this look into what their second grade students are doing, with one especially cool animation project about the digestive system that’s sure to inspire.
- The Smarties: You’ll find loads of great classroom project ideas and experiences from this Australian classroom blog.
- Mrs. Harju’s Classroom Blog: With activities like learning about crime scene science and holding mock elections, you’re sure to find something you can use with your own students on this second grade blog.
- Wojtera’s Words: See how even kids as young as first grade can feel engaged and enriched by using technology in this blog from a teacher in Virginia.
Here you’ll find some great ideas for older elementary kids from third to fifth grade.
- Mrs. Cornejo’s Class Blog: On this site, you’ll be able to see what a great tool a blog can be for communicating with students and parents.
- Learning Is Messy: Here, Brian Crosby shares how he’s using technology in a model classroom in Sparks, Nevada to reach out to even high risk students.
- Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog: Check out this blog for some great ideas for third graders you can pull into your own lesson plans.
- Mr. Salich’s Class: See how this third grade teacher, and others, have used technology tools to engage kids in the classroom and through the web at home.
- Mrs. W’s Blog: This fifth grade class shares what they’re doing though this blog.
- Mr. C’s Class Blog: You’ll find some amazing ideas on how to use technology in your lesson plans through this upper elementary blog.
- Glenview Go: Showcasing art projects, fun activities, learning ideas and more, you’ll appreciate the resources this 3rd grade blog has to offer.
- Miss Tyler-Smith’s Grade Five Blog: See the great projects students in this fifth grade class have turned in and see their work in action on this blog.
- Denton Dynamos’ Discussions: While this blog is geared towards engaging the students in this 5th grade class, teachers can glean some great ideas for their own projects from it as well.
- Ms. Kreul’s Class Blog: Find resources and lesson ideas appropriate for a fourth grade class on this blog.
- Room 302: Follow along with this class on their blog, and see what homework, projects and student work they’re doing throughout the year.
Middle school can be tough on teachers and students alike, but learn some lessons and skills from these blogs that can make the process run more smoothly.
- Blogush: Paul Bogush, an eighth grade social studies teacher, shares how he’s using new technologies to get students interested in learning about the topic at hand in this blog.
- Miss McMillan’s Blog: If you want to see what other seventh grade students are doing, check out this blog that showcases some of the cute and creative assignments kids in this class get.
- Notes from McTeach: This seventh grade English teacher shares some great projects and ideas on helping kids to learn and enjoy reading here.
- Teaching Isn’t for Wimps: You’ll find some incredibly creative projects on here that are sure to help your kids get engaged and learn to love writing.
- Rush the Iceberg: Check out this blog for loads of commentary and support on teaching students at the middle school level.
- The Line: On this blog, you’ll find the thoughts of a seventh grade English teacher, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of working with adolescent students.
- McClung’s World: This blog is full of great ideas to teach eighth grade students social studies and computer skills.
- A Place at the Table: Found on the Teacher Magazine site, this blog is written by consumer science teacher Susan Graham and is useful to teachers working with students at all levels.
- Bluebird’s Classroom: This middle school teacher shares the ups and downs of working at her school, with some helpful advice for other teachers along the way.
- Mr. Lamshed’s Class: Focusing on 6th and 7th grade boys, this blog shares the achievements and work of students at an all-boys school in the UK.
Visit these sites to see what other high school classrooms are like and what teachers are doing to engage their students.
- Youth Voices: Hear directly from students who post their great artwork and writing to this educational blogging site.
- Theory of Knowledge: Mr. Ferlazzo shares some poignant questions he asks of his students through this blog.
- Mrs. Wanack’s Classroom Blog: All students need to learn more about how to use technology appropriately, and this blog shares one teacher’s experiment getting kids to blog and share their thoughts through writing at the same time.
- Mr. Ellison: Check out this blog to see what a class in computer maintenance and web design has to offer young high school students.
- Science Teacher: Teacher Michael Doyle shares his experience working as a science teacher and his thoughts on life in general on this blog.
- What It’s Like on the Inside: From posts about poorly developed assignments to issues of educational reform, you’ll find tons of interesting content to help you as a teacher on this blog.
Whether you teach at the elementary or high school level, these classroom blogs offer loads of inspiration on how to better teach kids about reading and writing.
- Tell the Raven: Glean some great ideas for teaching writing from this sixth grade community writing project blog.
- Two Writing Teachers: The authors of this blog are two teachers who live and work miles apart, but share their ideas with each other and the readers, on how to help students improve their writing.
- A Really Different Place: Check out this blog to see some of the writing students post up — a great idea for any teacher looking to embrace technology.
- Teaching the Outsiders: With tips on teaching literature like The Outsiders, this junior high teacher shares some of the struggles he has in getting students engaged with reading.
- Mr. Hine’s Blog: Follow along with the lessons this Connecticut literature class is going through, from Greek Mythology to Tom Sawyer.
- Blog, Blog Blog Blog, Blog Some More: This teacher reaches out to students (and other teachers) though this blog, meant to prompt readers into thinking and writing about different issues.
- Beginnings: Providing students and teachers alike with good reading material and tips on setting up a blog, this site is a great read for educators looking for inspiration.
- Write Out Loud: You’ll find inspiration aplenty in this seventh grade English blog.
- Mr. Borges and the Blog Squad: Visit this blog to see how this English teacher’s students are using the web to communicate their ideas.
- The Electronic Pencil: Learn loads from this sixth grade writing workshop, including some great prompt ideas for students.
- Head Outta the Book: If you’re looking to inspire your students with new approaches to reading and writing, make sure to check out this classroom blog.
- D. Brosius’ Virtual Classroom: Get a sneak peek into what these high school students are doing in AP and Modern Literature classes.
- A Year of Reading: This blog is an excellent source of information for teachers who are looking for books that will engage and entertain their students.
History and Social Studies
Help your students gain a better understanding of the world, both past and present, by using some of the great lesson ideas from these blogs.
- Andrew B. Watt’s Blog: History teacher Andrew Watt shares some thoughts on using technology in the classroom, showcasing how he and his students have used whiteboards, animations and more to bring history to life.
- The Greatest Middle School Social Studies Blog in the World: You’ll be able to see how other social studies teachers do it, with the lesson plans and projects on this blog.
- HisTeched: Musings in US History and Education: Chris Miragila, a middle school teacher, shares some ideas for teaching outside of the box on this blog.
- An American Studies: Students and teachers alike will find some very useful resources for learning on this history blog.
- 6th Grade Science and Social Studies: Combining posts on both science and social studies, this blog offers up some project ideas perfect for middle school teachers.
- History is Elementary: This blog is a must-read for any history educator, providing not only ideas of things to do in the classroom but excellent commentary on history education in general.
Science and Math
Many students struggle with science and math, but these blogs offer new and potentially successful ideas on how to retool your lessons.
- Science Fix: If you’re in sore need of some new and fresh ideas for the science classroom, make sure to check out the experiments featured on this blog.
- Think Thank Thunk: This blog is home to Shawn Cornally, a math teacher struggling to make math interesting for his high school students.
- I Hope This Old Train Breaks Down…: This young math teacher shares her lesson plans and experiences in the classroom here.
- f(t): Visit this blog to get insights into math education from one high school teacher.
- dy/dan: This popular blog by Dan Meyer is a great destination to find information on math, teaching, education and technology.
- Learn Me Good: Related to a book of the same name, this blog features many great discussions about issues that face not only math teachers, but everyone working in education.
- Mrs. Caudill’s Classroom Connection: This blog offers a view into one fifth grade math teacher’s classroom, sharing what she’s teaching and what her students are doing.
- Science Notebooking: This blog offers up some pretty interesting ideas for getting students involved in science projects.
- Mr. Mansour’s Classroom Blog: You’ll find everything from news to helpful resources on this science teacher blog for the 6th-8th grades.
- Mr. Collier: Those working with high school science education will appreciate the shared information on this blog.
Classroom blogs aren’t just for schools in the United States. These blogs will let you peek into the classrooms of teachers working in places like Australia, the UK and Canada.
- Look What’s Happening in Room 102!: This blog is home to a class of first grade students in Quebec, many of whom now speak French and English.
- Receptions – Room 25: See how primary school works in Australia though this fun classroom blog.
- Chorlton Park Primary School: If you’re looking for some educational inspiration from abroad, this school blog from Manchester, England could be just the thing.
- Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class: This incredibly small school in Canada shares what they’re learning in the 2nd and 3rd grades through this blog.
- Beyond the Mount: These Australian school kids are learning all they can about Japanese language and culture.
- Little Voices, Little Scholars: You’ll love this blog that combines drawing and writing to help engage students in Auckland, New Zealand.
- Portable Radio: You’ll want to copy this Canadian school’s idea as soon as possible, as students share their own podcasts through this blog.
- Miss T’s Classroom: These New Zealand-based kids share what they’re learning in their fifth and sixth grade classrooms via this fun and cute blog.
- Tango Mango: See what kind of field trips, educational experience and projects students are working on at Matapu School in New Zealand.
- Deanburn Enhanced Provision: This British school shares some great ideas that any teacher could use to teach students about history.
It’s hard to teach in the modern world without using some modern technology, and these bloggers, including some specialized teachers, can show you how to best implement it in your own classroom.
- Cool Cat Teacher Blog: This immensely popular blog offers teachers of all kinds a chance to learn more about implementing new technology in the classroom.
- Blogging About the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: A list of classroom blogs wouldn’t be complete without a blog about using blogging in the classroom.
- Free Technology for Teachers: Need some help finding budget-friendly tech for your students? Look no further than this resource-filled blog.
- Teacher Reboot Camp: This blog will challenge you as a teacher to find ways to enhance your lessons, use new technology and further your personal development.
- Philly Teacher: Check out this blog for posts from an elementary technology teacher in Philadelphia.
- iTeach: Teacher Andrew Marcinek provides plenty of commentary on technology in the classroom, as well as sharing his own project ideas on this blog.
- Reflections of a Techie: Techie teacher mratzel shares some insights here that could make it easier for you to use technology in the classroom.
- Miss Lindgren’s Geek Speak: Visit this site to see how one computer class is getting students to blog.
- Circles: Lorraine, a technology teacher at an elementary school in Massachusetts, offers up some great educational ideas on this blog.
- iLearn Technology: This edublog is a must read for any teacher looking for new and inspiring ways to integrate technology into the classroom.
Through these blogs, you’ll get a chance to see what goes on in other art, foreign language and PE classes and perhaps apply some of the lessons to your own courses.
- Langwitches Blog: Whether you teach English or a foreign language, check out this blog for access to the latest technology, project ideas and news in language learning.
- The PE Geek: Don’t think PE can be anything more than physical exercise? This teacher shows otherwise, engaging students in learning about fitness through technology.
- Fairview Physical Education: Whether you’re a PE teacher or not, this blog is a great place to look for ways to get students active.
- Mr. Wiemers’ Shop: See what this shop teacher is teaching his students on this great blog.
- Visual Arts at Taylors Lakes Primary School: Get inspired to help your students learn more about art and explore their creative sides with project ideas from this blog.
- Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet: The web is full of great resources for art teachers– if you know where to look. This blog will help point you in the right direction and enrich your art classes.
- The Carrot Revolution: Art educators will love this site, full of great ideas on how to help students with animation, art history, drawing, painting, photography and more.
- The Teaching Palette: No matter the grade level, this art education blog is a must read for any art teacher.
- Art of Apex High School: Looking for some new ideas to bring into your art class? Check out this blog to find them in abundance.
- Wonder Brooks Extraordinaire: You’ll find some great inspirational ideas on this blog from an elementary art teacher trying to integrate technology into her students’ art making.