Over break I had some time to catch up on professional reading. Now that school’s on again, though, I’m back to having zero time for that. One way I stay current on educational issues, trends, and new techniques is following my favorite educational websites on social media. I love being fed their latest news and articles, which I can usually digest in just a few minutes a day. There are tons of great websites out there, but I find myself returning over and over to a these 6 in particular
WeAreTeachers is my favorite place to go for a quick dose of ideas and inspiration. Oh yeah, and some pretty sweet giveaways. It’s a little more lighthearted and uplifting than most (I love when they share inspirational quotes and teacher humor), but also mixes in some deep thoughts and academic info. I’m an ELA teacher, so I also like their WeAreTeachersReading Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/WeAreTeachersReading/
Mindshift features interesting articles on how all aspects of learning are changing and evolving. They “…examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics” (MindShift | KQEd).
Cult of Pedagogy is a “community of people obsessed with education” that focuses on learning strategies and techniques. You’ll find lots of tips and tools you can use in your classroom TODAY. The information tends to be exactly what you’re probably wrestling with and pondering at any given time, so it’s always incredibly relevant to your teaching. Jennifer Gonzalez, the editor in chief, writes with a very relatable, fun voice and the content is spot-on.
Education Week is my source for up-to-the-minute education news. They feature good information on issues and trends in education, as well as classroom-friendly takeaways. There is such a wide variety of information here, from happenings in schools and educational policy across the country to quick takeaways and techniques you can use in your classroom.
Edutopia is another great website for learning about new teaching strategies and tools. There are great lesson ideas, articles, and videos on a wide variety of topics like school leadership, social and emotional learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, information for new teachers, and school climate.
Common Sense Media’s Education site is where I learn about the newest learning tech and tools. I love their lists of “top picks” and reviews of technology, apps, and tools. They’re very helpful when I want a quick overview of new potential tools to use. I know some consider Common Sense Media a little controversial (they sometimes come up in censorship debates) so they are not the only source I use for reviews. However, I do appreciate the information when I’m making decisions about what to use in my classroom.
That’s my list of favorite “teacher” websites. Teachers are so incredibly busy that it really helps to have a few places they can count on to help keep them current and in-the-know.
What are some of your favorite teacher websites?