The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs
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If you’re a teacher, or teaching assistant there are plenty of great blogs out there to help you with everything from coming up with teaching plans, to implementing technology in the classroom. Where to start though? The internet is crowded with blogs. We decided to go through some of them for you, so that you can find the blog(s) covering the topics you’re looking for and be sure it’s quality content.
Generally, there are four key qualities of a good teaching & learning blog:
- Activity (25%). Information should be updated regularly
- Originality (25%). It should add value with content that’s different from all the other blogs out there
- Helpfulness (25%). A good teaching & Learning blog should teach you a new skill, direct you to a useful resource, or at least get you to think in a new way about something
- Authority (25%). The author/authors have the authority and credentials to blog about the topic of teaching & learning
Each category was assigned an equal weight in our evaluation. They were averaged together to determine the final score in order to come up with our list of the top 68.
In their own words: “You’ll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.” And those words are accurate indeed – if you’re looking for interesting articles raging from helping students improve their mindset to high school book recommendations, this is an excellent blog to visit. What’s more, it’s well designed.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 25, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 100
As the name implies this blog covers various topics about educational development, including practices to implement in the classroom and digital content. As with so many other blogs there’s a strong focus on edtech and STEM. A big plus is that they have free teacher resources – from lesson plans to brain boosters.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 24.5, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 99.5
This is an extremely exciting blog as it explores anything and everything that is proven to help learning, be it technology, games, or new teaching methods. For teachers looking to incorporate helpful tools and techniques in the classroom, this is blog is a must read.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 25, Helpfulness 25, Authority 24
Total Score: 99
Anthony Salcito is the Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Public Sector and he’s the man behind Daily Edventures – a 365-day look at global heroes in education. You will find thoughts about education and technology from teachers all over the world on this blog, which is a unique and interesting concept. Possibly a bit biased in favor of Microsoft, but an all round amazing blog.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 25, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 25
Total Score: 98.5
This blog contains topics both for teachers and students and is an awesome resource when it comes for anything related to technology and teaching. There are also certain other topics discussed on the blog from time to time. There are several “teacher guides” also available, such as The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter, the Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms, etc.
Score: Activity 23.5, Originality 24.5, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 98
neaToday provides News and features from the National Education Association. If you like to keep up to date on what’s going on in the field of education, including research and some theories and ideas to implement in the classroom, then this is an excellent blog.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 25, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 25
Total Score: 97.5
11 years ago Vicki Davis, a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director at a small school in Georgia, decided to learn like a turtle – she’d spend 15 minutes three times a week to learn new tools to implement in the classroom. Today she shares new learnings, often in the form of podcast interviews with educational experts.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 22, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 97
Their tag line is “education on the edge” which is a good sum up as to what’s posted on this blog. The blog mainly offers tips and tricks to implement in the classroom (from classroom cleaning hacks to how to implement PBL), as well as a few articles surrounding research in the educational field. They also publish up to date teaching hacks books.
Score: Activity 22.5, Originality 24, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 96.5
As the name aptly suggests it’s a blog about free technology resources for teachers.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 23, Authority 25
Total Score: 96
This blog focuses on using innovative teaching methods to change the face of education. Blog posts have topics such as teaching empathy in the classroom, how to use inquiry based learning, four things project based learning teachers should do, etc. They also cover a range of edtech topics; one of their contributors is Victoria Olson an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Education Trainer.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 22, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 25
Total Score: 95.5
This is yet another blog focusing on edtech. The articles focus on the latest developments and there are also resources, like guides and lists of edtech tools.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 22, Authority 25
Total Score: 95
The slogan for this blog, posted on the Teaching Channel, reads: “Our blog is filled with great ideas from passionate educators just like you. Let’s get better together!” and that pretty much sums it up. Here a squad of teachers share techniques to implement in the classroom as well as thoughts worth pondering around education.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 24, Helpfulness 23, Authority 23
Total Score: 95
A certified Google trainer, Alice Keeler will help you keep up with Google’s constant expansions. She’s exceptionally skilled in the use of Google Classroom.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 23, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 24
Total Score: 94.5
Their slogan reads “daily tech news and innovation” and that pretty much sums it up, though not all articles are related to tech and innovation, but simply education in general. Definitively a great news feed for interesting articles/blog posts about education and various tools to implement in the classroom.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 23, Authority 23
Total Score: 94
Whilst the blog isn’t terribly prolific, it’s terribly well known and there’s a live streaming every first Tuesday of the month. The focus of the blog is the power of student voice, how technology can positively influence teaching and how classroom design impacts teaching.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 24, Helpfulness 24, Authority 25
Total Score: 93
Larry Ferlazzo is an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif.. He’s also an author of several books related to teaching and is big on using goal setting to motivate students. His blog often offers Q&As with other writers on topics surrounding education. It’s a blog that definitively provides a fresh look at teaching and education as a whole. As Larry also answers readers questions regarding teaching, you’re welcome to contact him.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 23, Helpfulness 21, Authority 25
Total Score: 93
Larry Ferlazzo has another blog and this one, too, is helpful for teachers. Especially if you want to stay up to date with the latest news regarding teaching practices and studies on what’s effective in the classroom as Ferlazzo scours the net on an almost daily basis for news to share and also expresses his own opinions. The focus is ESL, ELL and EFL.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21, Authority 25
Total Score: 92
As the name suggests this blog focuses on EdTech. It covers news related to edtech as well as more practical guides for implementation. The site is a bit overwhelming given all the content. However, they do offer a K-12 Blueprint which will give you tools for implementing technology and innovative learning techniques in the classroom. These tools and techniques come with research to back them up, which is very helpful.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 21.5, Helpfulness 21.5, Authority 24
Total Score: 91.5
This is an interesting blog covering a range of ways to incorporate innovative ideas in the classroom, as well as various topics related to education that will spur your mind into action.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 24, Helpfulness 21, Authority 22
Total Score: 91
This is a blog sharing instructional videos covering just about any and every subject. A great resource for any teacher looking to incorporate videos in the classroom. Some videos offer higher quality than others, so it’s a matter of finding the ones that work for you.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 24, Helpfulness 24, Authority 21.5
Total Score: 90.5
It’s been called the most influential blog on education in the UK and given it manages to top some of the lists in the US too, that might just be true. It is written by Ross Morrison McGill who has been teaching since he was 18 and the topics covered vary from talking about teachers’ fear of looking foolish to using comedy to improve literacy. Whilst topics concerning educational policy in the UK might not be of interest to you, the majority of posts are as relevant in the US as they are in the UK.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21, Authority 24
Total Score: 90
If you’re very into edtech, then this is a blog by Wesley Fryer is for you. Engaging posts about advancement in edtech and how to use various tools, as well as book reviews.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 24, Helpfulness 20, Authority 25
Total Score: 89
David Didau likes exploring psychology and learning which he talks about on his blog, setting out with the idea that possibly everything you ever knew about education might be wrong. He is based in the UK, but his thoughts are as relevant for teachers in the US. If you want to find out what techniques you’re using in the classroom that have actually been examined to work and which are just presumed to work, then this blog is for you.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 23, Helpfulness 21, Authority 23
Total Score: 89
This blog, by Pernille Ripp, offers a lot of ideas as to how to tackle different things within the classroom and offers teachers a plethora of resources, from ideas for bookclubs, to lesson plans. Pernille is an educational influencer, and the’s creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that has connected more than 500,000 students and Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 21.5, Helpfulness 21, Authority 22
Total Score: 88.5
Dr. Monica Burns is an elementary school teacher turned Curriculum and EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Her blog is brimming with ideas for how to bring tech to your classroom and teach using iPads. If you are looking for tech tools to add to your classroom, this blog will be very useful for you!
Score: Activity 23, Originality 21.5, Helpfulness 21, Authority 23
Total Score: 88.5
Lisa Nielsen got angry because she found education boring so she decided to do something about it. On her blog she shares innovative tips for educators.
Score: Activity 23, Originality 22, Helpfulness 20, Authority 23
Total Score: 88
This blog covers everything and some when it comes to teaching using technology. It doesn’t follow some sort of set how to guide focusing on one thing, but rather anything covering educational technology and how to incorporate it in the classroom.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 21, Authority 18
Total Score: 87
They connect education professionals with industry news, insights, resources and trends, which they do. It’s all curated.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 20, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 21
Total Score: 86.5
This blog is a lot about creating a Google classroom, which the author, Kasey Bell, has written an entire book about. This isn’t so surprising given she’s a certified Google educator, innovator and trainer. The posts are regular and contain useful information for anyone who wants to run a digital classroom.
Score: Activity 22.5, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 24
Total Score: 86.5
Ditch That Textbook is Google certified innovator and teacher Matt Miller’s take on how to implement tech in the classroom. The focus seems to lie on high school and up.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 24
Total Score: 86
Pearson provides products and services in the educational field and their Teaching & Learning PreK-12 Education blog is very informative, with useful tips and thoughts to ponder.
Score: Activity 23, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 22.5
Total Score: 85.5
Here you will find tutorials, news and tips related to teaching. Recent topics include learning to create auto grading quizzes using Google Forms and the top 10 classroom management tips for teachers. It’s nice to see it’s not just about the tech space.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 20.5, Helpfulness 21, Authority 22
Total Score: 85.5
If you are looking for extraordinary activities for elementary school kids, then this blog by Jackie Gerstein Ed.D is for you! Here you will find activities that far surpass the normal range and help both teachers and kids think outside the box.
Score: Activity 19, Originality 24, Helpfulness 22, Authority 20
Total Score: 85
An excellent blog with up to date information about teaching and easy to implement tips for the classroom. The topics covered are very varied – from dealing with youth running away from home from a teacher’s perspective to edtech tools you need to try. The blog was developed due to the author, Jennifer Gonzales, thinking it takes too much time for the average teacher to stay up to date with everything happening in the educational field, so she wanted to pull together the information on one site.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 21, Helpfulness 23, Authority 21
Total Score: 85
This California based blogger is bestselling author on the topic of blended learning and offers plenty of useful posts on how to integrate technology in the classroom and fun, engaging and useful activities to do with your students.
Score: Activity 23, Originality 20.5, Helpfulness 18, Authority 23
Total Score: 84.5
It sounds somewhat contradictory to introduce edtech to PE, but it’s not. And here you’ll learn why. From time to time there are also other topics related to edtech and teaching covered, so even if you don’t teach PE, you might want to stop by.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 23, Helpfulness 19.5, Authority 20
Total Score: 84.5
A math teacher turned teaching activist promoting social justice in education, Jose Vilson shares his thoughts on the latest happenings in education, offers support to minorities in teaching and talks about teaching students of low income households.
Score: Activity 19, Originality 24, Helpfulness 18, Authority 23
Total Score: 84
According to themselves Teach Like a Champion provides educators with a set of techniques, a shared vocabulary, and a framework for practice that equip teachers to achieve dramatic results with their students. The blog, on the other hand, contain blogs that are both personal and revealing, showing how the educators come to the conclusions they do. A worthwhile blog to read if you want to be part of revolutionizing education.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21, Authority 21
Total Score: 84
A.J. Juliani is the Director of Technology & Innovation for Centennial School District and blogs about anything and everything related to innovation. Not unlike other blogs on this list a lot of the posts focus on project based learning, edtech, implementing design thinking in the K-12 classroom and designing the future of education. However, there are also plenty of other topics covered and the blog offers interesting thoughts to ponder and ideas to implement.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 21, Helpfulness 19, Authority 22.5
Total Score: 83.5
Kelly Tenkely started out as a teacher and turned into a technology integration specialist who started her own school, implementing all the inspirational new educational techniques available. The blog focuses mainly on implementing technology in the classroom using various tools, but also ideas around education. As with any blog you will use whatever material and ideas you see fit to implement in your classroom.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21.5, Authority 21
Total Score: 83.5
The Christensen Institute is a think tank on the topics of education, healthcare and economy. They post several interesting blogs about development in education and how it applies to teachers.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 21, Helpfulness 16, Authority 25
Total Score: 83
This blog by Angela Watson is interesting because it focuses on teachers and managing yourself, as well as your classroom. There are also plenty of resources, courses, etc. available from Angela on the page.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21, Authority 20
Total Score: 82
What started out as a blog about maths has become a blog for teachers to post various opinion pieces, as well as practical ideas and exercises to implement in the classroom.
Score: Activity 18, Originality 18, Helpfulness 20, Authority 25
Total Score: 81
The EdTechReview, not surprisingly, reviews anything to do with edtech. They also offer reports, studies, insights, webinars, etc. It’s one of the best resources for all things edtech and how to incorporate it in your classroom. However, not all content is for K-12 as they also cater to higher ed.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 21
Total Score: 81%
Teaching NOW is crafted by Education Week Teacher Assistant Editor Madeline Will. The apt description on the blog reads: “Coverage runs the gamut from the inspirational to the infuriating, from practical classroom tips to raging policy debates.” The blog does cover various very interesting topics.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 19, Helpfulness 21, Authority 20.5
Total Score: 80.5
If you are interested in the policies and practices of countries that have the best educational systems, this is a blog that will give you insight. It will make you question what’s good and what’s bad in the American system and possibly leave you with ideas for how to make your personal teaching better.
Score: Activity 21, Originality 21, Helpfulness 15, Authority 23
Total Score: 80
This is the New York Times Learning Network, which is a great network to tap into if you’re looking for lesson plans centered around news stories. There are also news quizzes, a film and picture club and various contests that your students can get involved in.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 20, Helpfulness 17, Authority 19
Total Score: 80
This blog is for anyone teaching in an inclusive classroom. Here you will find tips from other educators that you can implement.
Score: Activity 17, Originality 20.5, Helpfulness 20, Authority 22
Total Score: 79.5
Kelly Walsh, a CIO & Adjunct Instructor, blogs about how to incorporate technology in the classroom. It’s mainly a blog for tech geeks who are really into the edtech world.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 19, Helpfulness 16, Authority 24
Total Score: 79
MiddleWeb provides resources for the middle grades. They focus on five streams of content: Resource Roundups, Themed Blogs, Articles, Interviews and Book Reviews. Co-teaching, how to help students crush math anxiety, and opening your classroom doors to family audiences are all recent topics that have been covered on their very active blog.
Score: Activity 19, Originality 19, Helpfulness 20, Authority 20
Total Score: 78
From online teaching tips, to the latest research on the effectiveness of homework assignments, this blog is an incredible resource for any teacher. The topics are varied and relevant. Teach is actually a blog owned and operated by 2U Inc, which enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality degree programs online. However, the blogs are often geared towards teachers teaching K-12.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 21
Total Score: 77
Ms. Cassidy has a love of teaching that comes across in her blog posts, which describe activities she’s done with her class. It will provide you with doses of inspiration and ideas for activities you can use in the classroom.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 20
Total Score: 76
They may not post often, but their posts related to teaching art are incredibly helpful if you are indeed teaching art!
Score: Activity 19, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 20
Total Score: 75
This is the official blog of the U.S. department of education. Whilst the blog isn’t always geared to K-12, nor always providing insightful information for things to implement in the classroom it’s the one blog you need to follow for the sake of knowing what’s going on related to government initiatives, rules and regulations. And from time to time there are blogs that contain information you can implement in the classroom, or advice that will help you in your career as a K-12 teacher. Also, there is a button to the right, under “archives” that lets you search all topics related to K-12.
Score: Activity 19, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 20
Total Score: 74
As the blog suggests the focus is on how curriculum changes are affecting classrooms. Two classroom teachers turn educational journalists, Liana Heitin and Jaclyn Zubrzycki, run this blog on Education Week and also include topics coving social media and STEM. It will certainly provide you with food for thought about what should and shouldn’t be included in your curriculum.
Score: Activity 19, Originality 17.5, Helpfulness 18, Authority 19
Total Score: 73.5
This is a relatively new blog on Education Week by Ariel Sacks who is a is a middle school language arts teacher and instructional-support coach. She blogs about various elements of teaching, mainly related to reading in the classroom. Covering interesting and useful topics, it’s a blog well worth reading.
Score: 19, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 19
Total Score: 73
This excellent blog shares useful videos from the teaching channel, offering ideas for what to incorporate into your classroom. One of the best blogs for easy implementation of tools shared thanks to the videos that make it easy to see exactly how to implement it.
Score: Activity 18, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 72
This site offers articles, lesson plans, creative writing prompts and worksheets centered around teaching English. The content is varied age wise – some is suitable for the little ones, some for high school students and beyond. There are also helpful articles about classroom management, which applies to any teacher. It’s definitively a blog worth visiting due to all the different resources available.
Score: Activity 17.5, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 71.5
This blog, as the name suggests, is about competency education and how to transform your teaching to take this into account. They post almost daily and the blogs, if nothing else, will make you contemplate how education is constantly being transformed and how you can participate in the transformation.
Score: Activity 17, Originality 18, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 71
If you like getting freebies (every Friday); lesson plans, printouts and the likes, then Teaching Blog Addict can help. What’s more, it links up an astounding amount of bloggers that blog about teaching, so whether you’re looking for kindergarten or first grade inspiration for teaching you will find it here. However, the blog is somewhat confusing with links going off in all directions.
Score: Activity 17.9, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 70.9
In this blog, founded by two teachers, you will find lesson plans, activities to do in the classroom, etc. targeted toward busy teachers who want to access information fast. Unlike so many other blogs these days the focus here is old fashioned games and activities. The activities are aimed to meet national state standards.
Score: Activity 17.6, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 70.6
This blog by Charity Preston mixes hands on classroom DIY with technology tips, classroom management tips, etc. There are plenty of video workshops too.
Score: Activity 17, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18.3
Total Score: 70.3
If you’re looking to add edtech to your classroom and need great information about where to start, this blog could be the one for you. It’s updated regularly and explains various tips for how to get started. They offer free lesson plans and various K-12 resources as well.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18.9
Total Score: 69.9
This blog scores top points for originality – it’s a blog by cheerleaders who work in science. The blog features interviews with different cheerleaders, which serves to inspire more girls to join the field of science. It’s not exactly the kind of blog you’d use to implement new classroom strategies, but you might want to share it with students to show that women who work in science have diverse interests. Most people don’t think Harvard grads and women working on the forefront of science do cheerleading.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18.6
Total Score: 69.6
Smart Classroom Management is Michael Linsin’s take on classroom management and offers weekly blogs on the topic. The blog has over 100,000 subscribers which says something about the usefulness of the topics covered and Michael has taught every grade level from K-12. It’s, of course, his biased take on classroom management, but it’s a take well worth considering.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18.3
Total Score: 69.3
This blog by Neil Jarrett, a Google certified teacher who teaches at an international school in Thailand, does what it says on the label: teaches edtech for beginners. It also offers tools and updates for teachers already well versed in edtech however and is worth a visit if you’re looking for new edtech tools for your classroom.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 69
This is another UK site, but it’s worth mentioning as it covers some fresh topics, such as finding out what refugee camp teachers go through, teachers’ work life balance, and what you can learn from a classroom in Singapore.
Score: Activity 17, Originality 17, Helpfulness 17, Authority 17
Total Score: 68
After over 30 years in education Dr. Doug Green left his job as an elementary principal to care for his ailing wife. After her death he decided to do something to help parents and educators and started scouring the net and reading books, which he then summarized in bite sized nuggets.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 17, Authority 17
Total Score: 67
As you can see, there is no shortage of great K-12 teaching & learning blogs to choose from! Subscribe to those that meet your needs best, and watch your knowledge of teaching & learning expand in no time.