Friday Five: Blogs for English Teachers

This week as we all settle back in to school routines, whittle down our in-box emails, and finish up with back-to-school nights, I figured we might be ready to do some exploring of interesting, relevant teacher blogs.  Here are five I enjoy–if you have your own favorites, share them in the comment section.

  1. Crawling out of the Classroom: as stated on the blog: “As I begin a year of transformation as a teacher, I am attempting to break down the four walls of my classroom to reach out to others and connect about the incredible world of education.” I’ve found Jessica Lifshitz’s blog compelling for many reasons. She’s willing to write about uncomfortable topics, important topics, and she also offers great ideas to apply to your classroom. For example, after reading about how her students were creating data about her classroom bookshelves, I did that with my students and discovered huge gaps in the diversity of the books on my shelves. Great topics, great writing, great ideas.
  2. The Nerdy Book Club Run by four amazing people: Donalyn Miller, Colby Sharp, Katherine Sokolowski, and Cindy Minnich, this blog is for all of us booknerds: “If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear. This online space was designed to give us a home to share that love of reading with others as well as to organize voting and announcing winners of our First Annual Nerdies Book Awards.”
  3. Two Writing Teachers Originally created by Ruth Ayers and Stacy Shubitz, this site focuses on the writing parts of the classroom. The site states it is a “A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.”
  4. Brain Pickings. Maria Popova is a genius at synthesis. Her blog posts are full of smart connections and thoughtful analysis–she does the hard work so we don’t have to. According to her, the blog is “my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.”
  5. Book Riot is a little bigger/more commercial than these previous blogs, but the posts are enjoyable and they’re usually on various and sundry topics related to books. According to the site, “Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.”

So enjoy these new blogs, and feel free to share your favorites in the comments section. Happy reading/writing/blogging. And have a great weekend!

Posted by Kate, VP Secondary PCTELA

Friday Five: Blogs for English Teachers

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