Teacher Blogs and Videos
Here are some blogs and videos we've come across while doing research for the site. Teaching is a demanding vocation and brings together a diverse group.
The Challenges And Joys Of Being A Teacher
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Featuring blogs on everything from writing to middle school issues to parent-teacher partnerships to one with an arts focus.
Covers a wide range of interests and topics from 25+ bloggers.
ChalkBloggers is part of the Chalkboard Project, supporting Oregon schools.
Kyle Schwartz asked her eight and nine-year-old students at Denver's Doull Elementary school to write down something they wished she knew about them. She carried out the writing exercise each year, and shared some of the notes, which included "I don't have pencils at home to do my homework", on her Twitter account under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew.
Try an assignment like this in your class. You do not need to share the results, but they will be eye opening.
Stump The Teacher is the blog for Josh Stumpenhorst, a 6th grade teacher in Naperville, IL and 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. His blog includes thoughts on the “real world” (and how students' worlds are sometime much more "real" than ours) and a whole list of "I Used to Think...".
If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching
SoulPancake and Edutopia asked teachers to write a letter to themselves on their first day teaching. This is their thoughts. Hang in there.
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