1. Cool Cat Teacher Blog – If you love to surf around the net for interesting and educational blogs, then you’ve probably stumbled upon this Cool Cat Teacher. Not only did this blog win an Edublog award for the “Best Teacher Blog” in 2008, it was also a finalist in the same category between the years of 2006 and 2009.
2. Making Teachers Nerdy – Subtitled as “Tech Integration Tips and Web Links to Increase Your Teacher Nerdiness Levels,” this unique blog is full of insightful tips for teachers on how to integrate technology into classrooms and/or how to improve their teaching methods.
3. Two Writing Teachers – Winner of the “Best Teacher Blog” for the 2009 Edublog Awards, this site is full of advice and writing tips for teachers and writing nerds. The blog is authored by two elementary school teachers who are also writing a book together which is set for release this Fall.
4. Dy/Dan – This blog has two Edublog Award nominations under its belt: (“Best Teacher Blog” in 2008, and “Best Individual Blog” in 2007), and was also the winner for the 2007 “Best New Blog” award. Author and ninth grade teacher Dan Meyer was recently interviewed on CNN as part of their “Chalk Talk” series.
5. The Teaching Palette – With a specific focus on the arts, this blog provides various video tutorials and instructions for art teachers, or teachers who would like to become more knowledgeable in art instruction. It was the winner of the “Best New Art Teacher’s Blog” in 2008, and was also listed as one of Scholastic Instructor’s Top 20 Educational Blogs.
6. Nashworld – Nominated as the “Best Teacher Blog” for the 2008 and 2009 Edublog Awards, as well as the “Most Influential Blog Post” in 2009, this blogger (who is also a biology instructor), creates discussions through his interesting blog posts which include quotes, lyrics, songs, videos, and pictures.
7. NYC Educator – This blog won first place for the 2006 Education/Homeschooling Blog, was nominated as one of Edutopia’s top 10 Edublogs, and was #73 on OEDB’s Top 100 Education Blogs. The author writes about various educational and political topics concerning education in New York City.
8. This Week in Education – This blog is an excellent resource for those who want to read up on the latest in educational policies, news, trends, and politics. Author Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer, former Senate education staffer, and media critic.
9. Creating Lifelong Learners – Elementary school teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator Matthew Needleman educates his readers on how to integrate technology such as video production and podcasting in elementary schools.
10. Tween Teacher – This brand-spankin’ new blog is written by Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a California middle school teacher who also contributes to Teacher Magazine and blogs for the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. Her site is full of interesting and humorous posts which range from teaching methods to technology tips.
11. Spencer’s Scratch Pad – This site is more than just a blog, it is also a library for various educational videos, pictures, podcasts, and resources. Blogger/author/teacher John Spencer describes his blog as “musings from a not-so-master teacher,” and his posts are as much creative and hilarious as they are informative.
12. I Want to Teach Forever – Written by a Texas teacher and for teachers, this blog provides great teaching tips such as how to improve communication between teachers and students, as well as the latest in technology and politics.
13. EdTech Solutions: Teaching Every Student – This blog is written by Karen Janowski, an Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant whose sole passion is to “remove the obstacles [of] learning for all students.” The site is packed full of teaching tips, such as how to deal with dyslexia, or how to increase interactivity in the classroom through technology.
14. Engaging Parents in Schools – With a specific target audience of parents and teachers, this blog provides helpful tips and articles about how to improve relationships between teachers and parents. Written by a high school teacher in Sacramento, this blog is essentially a “follow-up” to a book titled “Building Parent Engagement in Schools.”
15. Gotham Schools – Editors and staff reporters at the GothamSchools’ newsroom update readers on the latest in NYC politics, such as budget cuts and teacher’s unions, and write about various researched articles, surveys, and statistics. The sole purpose of this publication is to provide more insight on how to improve New York City’s urban schools.
16. Building Successful Parent-Teacher Partnerships – This blog is a great site for parents who would like to become more involved in their child’s education, as well as for teachers needing tips on how to strengthen parent-teacher relations. The blog’s author Natalie Schwartz also published a book in 2008 titled “The Teacher Chronicles: Confronting the Demands of Students, Parents, Administrators and Society.”
17. Computer Science Teacher – Blogger Alfred Thompson has experience teaching computer science to K-12 students, and has written textbooks which educate high school and middle school students on Visual Basic. His blog is full of technology tips on how to use Visual Basic, Microsoft Excel, C++, and much more.
18. Bud the Teacher – This interactive site is authored by a former high school teacher Bud Hunt, who blogs about social issues in the classroom as well as the latest in technology. Hunt is also an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District, and a teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project.
19. Teacher Leaders Network: Teacher Voices – Nominated as the “Best Group Blog” for the 2009 Edublog Awards, this site is written by multiple authors and teachers. There are a wide variety of post topics which include personal stories, interesting reads, or how to improve your teaching skills.
1.20. Practical Theory – English teacher and Technology Coordinator Chris Lehmann covers various educational, technological, and political issues on his blog. His postings range from his personal beefs with the education system, to videos covering educational conferences and lectures.