With so many opinions, subjects, age-ranges, and other subdivisions breaking of from the broad pantheon of topics that is ‘Education’, it’s no wonder there is such a rich supply of online material focused on the subject. Enclosed here are a selection of the best of what the internet offers when it comes to blogging about education. To help you navigate things somewhat, we’ve broken things down by subject and area of focus.
An American parent with primary school children shares her tips and techniques to make education fun. With all kinds of games and activities, this blog’s name is very true. Lots of the material focuses on maths, but there’s also some counter-top and bathroom science, as well as practical everyday skills like telling the time.
WHO’S IT FOR: Parents and Primary School teachers will find the most utility for this. However, some secondary teachers might be inspired to take the mechanics and techniques used here and apply them in their lessons also. Gamification is definitely coming
A venerable cornucopia of resources, ideas, and inspiration, this blog is truly a wonderful source for lesson plans and learning materials of all kinds to help along a home schooling or independent school environment.
WHO’S IT FOR: With its focus on a world-famous self-directed learning style curriculum, this blog will be of particular value to any parent using the Montessori programme to teach their children at home, or any teachers working within that particular framework.
Too often we think of learning as something that only happens in the classroom. Something we can only do when all the children are sitting down in ordered places, quiet and ready. This blog shows us otherwise, and goes beyond the usual “counting cars” or “minibeast hunts”. There’s so much more to explore here, and this blog works well to root out these techniques.
WHO’S IT FOR: Parents probably won’t get much out of this, not unless they want to organise educational events for multiple children. This is best suited for primary and lower secondary school teachers, who want to throw more creativity into their lessons.
A highly academic and in-depth examination of the entire field of education. This blog is authored by a man with a strong and furtive commitment to the rigorous study of how best we should be studying. The blog’s biggest focuses are the directions of entire curriculums, so it seems more like we’re turning the wheel at the school system helm than trimming the sails of the individual classroom.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers mostly, and more specifically those in higher positions of authority. Mainly those who can impact the style and form of the materials taught. Teachers not at the departmental head level may find the style rather unhelpful, given its lofty tone discussing subjects that while the naturally understand, but that have no power over.
A similarly serious style to the previous piece, but more granular and focused on a level that’s perhaps more approachable. Subjects like assessment practices, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and self-directed learning get dissected and discussed with the aim that other educators can take direction and development from the products of the conversation.
WHO’S IT FOR: Pretty exclusively teachers. Tutors might find some technique discussion useful, but parents will find little of more than curiosity value here.
Named with a healthy dose of ‘Does what it says on the tin’ philosophy, this blog is the views and experiences of a seasoned teacher, distilled into a blog to share some wisdom and wit among the patrons of the education blogosphere. Unlike the previous two pieces, this blog is more overtly coloured by particular experiences, and therefore makes fewer claims to universal applicability. But none the less, there’s always value to be drawn from such materials. As Plato said, the un-reflected life is not worth living.
WHO’S IT FOR: Again, fairly exclusively teachers. Unlike some later blogs that we’ll be talking about that find themselves in the vein of ‘A teacher’s experiences distilled’, this is a much more general feeling blog, giving wide and broad reflections on lots of issues.
As in any other field, in teaching there are certain areas and aspects that are stubbornly present, yet remain routinely maligned and attacked. This is a blog that often plays devil’s advocate with those very subjects. SATS and OFSTEAD are two that spring to mind. A blog with sometimes unconventional and often unpopular opinions about aspects of UK teaching practices and institutions. Something valuable to read for a balanced approach to the subject matter.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers will be the ones who will have the most skin in the game of the subjects discussed, but parents will also be highly engaged as these questions are things that could and perhaps should be engaged with by them and their children in a more proactive “let’s do this” manner rather than the “let’s put up with this” status quo.
Another blog in the vein of a teacher’s own experiences distilled, but with an important and valuable twist. Unlike some of the other more dry and academic pieces we’ve talked about before, this blogger’s research is ongoing, and he’s leapt well outside his comfort zone to do it. Half a planet away, to be exact.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone with an opening and questioning mind about how we teach our children.
Teaching pre-school children is often a profession that some people more associate with ‘childminding’ or the old women in churches who work at the Creche. But this blog makes it very clear that not only is there much to being a pre-school teacher, there is also a great deal to learn from pre-schoolers themselves, and how they see the world etc. Teacher Tom muses on the philosophy around his role in the pre-schoolers lives, and looks at how the world often perceives them, and layers nuance on top of that.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone who regularly interacts with pre-school age children. Parents, nursery workers, volunteers at community creches etc. It’s insights and ideas are invaluable.
One of the things we sometimes forget about primary school is how much of an all rounder a primary school teacher needs to be. While they might have a specialism, that teacher is the fount of every kind of knowledge, from science to maths to literacy to history to where the toilets are etc. So it’s quite natural for a blog like this to cover so many different sectors at once. But this isn’t a polished collection of complete ideas. It’s a jumping off point, and while the author does sometimes come up with complete lesson plans, or fully formed techniques, equally often they’re just saying “How could we use that app which shows us where all the planes fly to teach kids something?”.
WHO’S IT FOR: Obviously primary age lessons, and mostly for teachers. Parents may find it useful to take some of the ideas talked about and see if they can engage their children at home, but teachers are the ones who will get the most mileage here.
A blog to reflect on the experiences of a primary school teacher, this NQT from southern Manchester is sharing their act-reflect-refine process in public, so that maybe a few more primary teachers don’t have to go through as difficult a set of refinements.
WHO’S IT FOR: Written in a slightly clinical style, this blog is a great resource for new teachers to get a better handle on the parts of their profession that generations before have been equally unfamiliar with.
Reflecting on the pros and cons of many and varied tricks and techniques of teaching, this blog provides some extremely valuable discussions direct from the frontlines of one of the most difficult professions there are.
WHO’S IT FOR: With more discussions of broad strategies like whole class feedback and the best ways of marking, this is definitely one that is more for Teachers than anyone else. However, it’s not about lesson planning or ideas for specific subjects. The focus here is the nature and essence of activities that will take up large parts of the teaching time whatever the subject.
A huge library of resources and materials for the whole sweep of the secondary and post-secondary mathematics curriculum.
WHO’S IT FOR: Ideal for maths teachers and tutors, but it will also be valuable to any parent whose child is maybe struggling with maths, and needs extra practice or more examples of other ways of looking at things.
A maths teacher shares his passion for his field, critical analysis of best practice, and engages with issues and problems that face many educators around the world. The love and care the author has for the subject radiates out of every post. He challenges the community with questions like “why do students find their phones so much more engaging when not doing work vs when they use maths apps etc” and is always keen to find the next way of sharing maths with children.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers are the principle benefactors here, but often more specifically the higher up teachers who have more impact on making policy. Some teachers though will take inspiration from the more experimental teaching styles suggested.
A highly valuable blog filled with teaching materials for every possible mathematical need. This online hub is an excellent place to find high quality explanations and breakdowns from all kinds of mathematical concepts.
WHO’S IT FOR: Ideal for teachers looking for good lesson plan materials, and tutors who want to see new and clearer ways to reach the children they work with. Parents with children who struggle with maths may also find this valuable, as it presents the subject matter in as clear, workable, and accessible a way as possible.
A maths teacher reflects on the inner workings of both the material she teaches, and the profession she works within. Commenting on everything from the way to best explain the concepts of ratios, to the particular details of how educators should best engage with the maths teachers blogosphere, there is something valuable here for any teacher.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers will have the most to gain from reading this blog. Particularly those who are very engaged in the online communities surrounding their work. Tutors who may wish to become a part of said communities may also find this valuable. Parents may feel a little shut out from some of this, but it can always provide a useful insight.
A maths teacher goes into depth on some of the various methods of mathematical instruction, and looks at why some pupils respond much better to some methods than others. They also go deeper and talk about their experiences in a wide variety of schools.
WHO’S IT FOR: More for teachers & tutors than parents, as it’s written in a very academic and clinical style. However, it can reveal the processes and difficulties involved for teachers in making maths work for everyone. The maths work is early secondary level at the youngest.
A wide-ranging blog on the whole spectrum of teaching. Miss B deals with everything from being a new teacher (as the picture shows) but also talks about what’s being discussed at conferences, the perils of teacher training, and of course as the website’s name suggests, lots of resources on subjects like algebra, geometry, data handling, and many more. There are even some great lesson plans in the form of “Maths Murder Mysteries” that are highly interactive and engaging.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers mostly, as the workshopping material will be more useful as a lesson plan. However, tutors will also find the homework sections useful, and parents will find resources they can use if they want to work with their child also.
A down to earth and relatable blog of a maths teacher playing with number puzzles and other mathematical issues to get a better handle on how to explain numeracy to their pupils.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers and tutors will get some use out of it, but more advanced students will find it useful too, as it shows a wide variety of methods that pupils can use to solve specific maths problems. Parents will be engaged too as the maths puzzles may be ways to better reach students that find maths boring.
With wide internet dissemination over media ranging from blog posts to podcasts and videos, Mr Barton has indeed been very busy with his teachings of mathematics. He also offers opinion and analysis of the teaching profession in general, and specific aspects of the curriculum in his articles.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone with an interest in how mathematics is taught will find Mr Barton’s articles intriguing. Teachers and tutors will also find the resources potentially invaluable. Mr Barton’s focus is generally on secondary level education.
With a name taken from perhaps the most famous animated educator, this science teacher’s blog shares stories of how she teachers her classes, what works and what doesn’t.
WHO’S IT FOR: This is more of a window into a teacher’s life than it is anything like a set of resources or tools for classrooms. The people who’ll get the most out of this might be fellow science teachers who want to see how others do things, or people who just want to get a better handle on what it’s like to teach. This is an American blog though, so none of the material is UK specific.
A blog about the life, times, views, and experiences of a science teacher in the UK. Fiendishly clever does often delve into the specific challenges facing science teachers in particular, but they also look into what it means to be a teacher, and the day-to-day challenges that creates. With articles focusing on things like the problems of paperwork in a small school, or the feelings of special needs students being set up to fail, as well as the importance of inclusive science teaching, this is truly a full range spectrum source.
WHO’S IT FOR: As with any number of the more subject specific teaching blogs, this one is dealing with a secondary school environment. There are some teaching resources and materials, but mostly this is one for those who want to see behind the desk, as it were.
An award-winning teacher reflects on their craft and reveals the fuel behind their passion on this wonderful and inspirational online platform. Here Mr E shares the creations of some of his students, the techniques he uses when giving them specific assignments, and the factors that encourage him to soldier on in his line of work. In particular, he expresses his religious background and how that inspires him to be the best he can for his students, and his fellow teachers
WHO’S IT FOR: Mr E mostly works with primary and young secondary school students, so teachers those groups will definitely find something of value here.
We’ve talked a lot about blogs that give you a ‘behind the desk’ look into what teaching is really like. This is another one like that, with something of a humorous bent in the mix. A warts-and-all exposure of the teaching of art, and what it means to be creative in a school environment.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone and everyone really. Particularly valuable for students who want a better relationship with their classroom-based artistic mentors.
Not just a blog for ideas and inspiration on how to inspire children to be creative, this is also an advocacy blog, as well as a diary of a parent who puts her own children’s ideas of fun into the heart of her lessons.
WHO’S IT FOR: It’s difficult to place an age bracket on the contents of the imagination box. While some of its projects are quite definitely for primary age children, many of the inspiration pieces work just as well for secondary, and even post secondary children. The people who will make the most of it will probably be art teachers, but if you’re a parent who wants their child to be more artistically engaged, or you want to add fuel to the fire of their creativity, some of this might be an interesting help.
A lovely little blog of a parent sharing her experiences engaging her children with creative projects and ideas. This blog contains all kinds of tips and tricks about keeping young children engaged in an artistic fashion, as well as parenting ideas and behaviour in general.
WHO’S IT FOR: The projects are very definitely skewed towards the younger end of the spectrum. Pre-school and early primary would be the probable target range. However, there are also little article tips for parents that cover broader subjects, like hints on things to do when leaving children with grandparents etc. All in all, parents and pre-school teachers will be the ones benefiting from this wisdom the most.
A bright, fun, and colourful exploration of a primary school music classroom. Mrs King’s Music class shows all the different ways that music can be taught to a group setting of children, a challenging subject at the best of times.
WHO’S IT FOR: This one is much better suited to teachers than it is parents or tutors. Again, it offers useful insight into how teachers operate, and it’s always a fun and whimsical thing to read and see, but many of the exercises simply wouldn’t work outside of a classroom, although some of the artwork projects might be fun to try at home.
Despite the popular usage of the term as meaning ‘bland’, ‘uninteresting’, or ‘everyday’, the ‘basic’ here is more referring to ‘essential’ or perhaps even ‘elemental’. This teacher shares her passion for the subject through both project and lesson ideas, but also interviews with artists and musings on the notion of teaching art in general.
WHO’S IT FOR: It’s hard to see many of the art projects as appealing broadly beyond primary school or the lower end of years 7 and 8, however the interviews and musings are aimed much higher than other posts. Parents and teachers alike will find this valuable as a source of activity ideas along with educational contexts to put them in.
This blog is much more wide ranging than some others we’ve covered here. The age range stretches across primary and secondary, the content delves as much into the theory and study of teaching drama as it does activities and exercises for where the rubber hits the road. All things considered, if you teach drama, or you’re the parent of a child who has a flair for stage or screen they want to further engage in, this has strong potential to be a valuable resource.
WHO’S IT FOR: Everyone who has any interest in any aspect of drama teaching.
In contrast to a lot of the art focused websites we have been talking about, this blog focuses exclusively on secondary level and upwards. This blog deals in roughly equal parts resources for lessons, as well as discussions and debates on the pros-and-cons of specific ideas and policies within the teaching field.
WHO’S IT FOR: Because of its higher level age range, students and parents will also find this blog useful for additional resources for revision. Teachers too will find the materials in the topics tabs ideal or their lessons.
An all round history blog, run by a history teacher for history teachers. This is more like some of the many personal blogs that adorn the internet. There’s a strong current of immediate personal experience, with the feel of a diary or something akin to that in this piece. With lots of lesson ideas and structured pieces, this is ideal for anyone who teaches history as a passion and vocation.
WHO’S IT FOR: With its American origins, it won’t fit the UK curricula exactly, but the lesson ideas and plans in general will definitely add some value into any history teacher’s repertoire. Teachers most of all, then students second, will find this blog very valuable.
Another in the “by X, for X” genre, this blog has a much stronger UK focus, and sees a author who has worked for such esteemed bodies as OCR, the History Association, and the BBC, offer his aid to history teachers up and down the land, in the form of analysis of best practice and ideas and structures for their own lessons.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers and tutors are the ones who will get the most out of this site. It is ideal for those who want to think about their lessons and futures extra carefully.
As the name might suggest, this is more of a news and opinion piece blog than some of the others we’ve focused on. Looking into the questions of matters relating to the teaching of religious education in the UK, Miss Carter examines questions ranging from how to support pupils of all abilities during A-levels, and whether or not the very name of religious studies is somehow holding it back.
WHO’S IT FOR: The people who will undoubtable get the most out of this are the religious studies teachers themselves, as it discusses topics and debates which affect them very directly. Religious parents may also be curious to see how their faiths are represented in schools, as well as seeing the debates surrounding best practice teaching.
A satirical yet serious look into secondary English literature education, and teaching in the UK in general. This blog has a wonderful sense of whimsy that skewers and spikes some of the sacred cows of British education, while still being reverential and useful enough to make valuable and important points.
WHO’S IT FOR: There are some resources and items that could be useful as applied to the classroom, but broadly this is for anyone with an interest in secondary English literature education. Teachers, parents, tutors, and students alike. Many of the in-jokes will be better appreciated by teachers, but with a little context, it’s easy to see what they are going for.
We often think of literacy as something only talked about in Primary school, and that English is what we mean in secondary school, whether its language or literature. Thinking Reading looks at the question of what happens to those students struggling with literacy even into their secondary years, and how interventions can best be offered to help them.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone trying to help secondary-school aged children to get to grips with literacy and reading when it seems out beyond their reach.
With a name that sums up the essence of the learning life, this blog gives us a window into the life and times of a secondary school English teacher. Written with the kind of subtle pith and wit one might expect of someone who spends their life teaching literature, this is a warm, encouraging, and useful entry into the educational blogosphere.
WHO’S IT FOR: While teachers will undoubtedly find much of value in the sympathy with their plight, and the engagement with their lessons, unlike some other blogs on here we’re dealing less with lesson plans and resources and more with little fragments of insight into how to teach, and how concepts get shared, so this has more value for students, parents, and tutors than one might normally find in some other blogs.
Some of the “by teachers, for teachers” blogs feel more like personal diaries and individual reflective treatises than anything like the full spectrum of the teaching experience. Not this blog. This is a full blown, broad, deep, and wide ranging examination of what it means to be a secondary school English teacher. Covering everything from material offered by specific exam boards to lesson plans and ideas on the general question of what it means to be a good teacher.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers in general, and more specifically leading teachers, and perhaps future teachers. Also students revising and trying to get a better grip on any upcoming exams they might be facing.
From the grit and grime of exam boards, to the big and broad of tradition and technique. This blog attempts to step back from the everyday grind of the teaching profession and ask, particularly through the lens of English literary education, what can we learn from our forbears? Who are the babies that might be still swimming in a lake of discarded bathwater? With questions on posts like “Can Schools Make a Difference?” and “Literature: What is it, and why do we study it?” you can clearly see this is a high minded blog. But the values and questions it raises still have impact in our classrooms here and now
WHO’S IT FOR: Given the highly academic and abstract natures of some of the inquiries, this may not be something for someone who’s looking for practical advice. Instead, this is a blog for teachers looking to reflect, older students who want to examine their classroom lessons further, and new teachers who want to fully internalise the philosophy behind their endeavours before they go out into the wider world.
A very Asian subject matter gets a very British ‘does what it says on the tin’ style name in the title of this blog. As its name suggests, the focus is on the methods and skills needed to teach the language of over 1.3 billion people in a western context. It gives all kinds of tips and tricks for the teaching of this much spoken language, and will be invaluable to anyone who finds an ‘alphabet’ of several thousand characters daunting.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers and tutors of the Chinese language, most likely working with children of age 10 and upwards (although any particular prodigies younger might also find it valuable).
A diary of a teacher dealing with their own strengths and insufficiencies in tackling the area of education that perhaps is the UK’s most notable scholastic weakness. Languages. Specifically the French and Spanish languages, in a secondary school context. This is once more one of the classic diary style blogs with a very tight and focused narrative on the author’s own immediate perspective. Which as we can see reading this, is immensely valuable.
WHO’S IT FOR: Students and teachers of language alike will find this blog useful and enjoyable. While the reflections might be a little hard to relate to for students, the posts about different language teaching means tested in class will be most helpful. Teachers and tutors as well, will be encouraged to try these out for themselves to see if they too can get the same, or even better results.
This blog has a very authentic down-to-earth feel. Dom shares with us his vision and experiences of teaching Modern Foreign Languages in a UK context. It’s unique spin is the way in which Dom links the teaching of foreign languages to things like Coronation Street (and soap operas in general) as well as Stand-Up comedy, and the cookie monster.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone who appreciates learning a language, and who wants a laugh. Teachers, tutors, students, and parents will all find something to enjoy here.
We’re somewhat cheating here in that this isn’t so much a blog as it is a web resource. But it has a blog about its progress, so… Anyway, it’s a game designed to teach children what is perhaps one of the most marketable skills in the modern economy. Coding. This is going to be something that’s valuable for years and decades to come, and it could well be that Code Hero will be as remembered in the future as the Speak & Spell is today
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers, tutors, students, or parents who want to learn more about coding, but don’t want to have read and be a disengaged participant before putting it into practice.
In many ways this is much like several other blogs we’ve posted on in this list. The experiences and insights of a single teacher given voice through the internet. With one important exception. The teacher in question here, one Mr Kevin McLaughlin, is a certified Google innovator, and Apple Distinguished Educator. In this blog he offers his views into how education and technology can and should be interacting.
WHO’S IT FOR: This one really is much more for teachers than students. Especially the ICT teachers and those teachers in positions of school leadership who have responsibility for how technology in a given school is deployed more broadly.
Where as the last blog we looked at was much more technology in the abstract, this is a much more ‘rubber-meets-the-road’ type of blog. The most recent post tells of a story involving an online game’s deployment, and just how well such things can go if they’re well planned enough to run smooth, but not so well planned that they eliminate spontaneous happenstance.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone looking into new ways to teach all kinds of subjects to children.
A blog that examines the ways and means that it’s best to integrate technology into the curriculum with an added air of whimsy and oddity sprinkled on top. This is a blog that has moved on from what started as just another teacher’s perspective on issues, into a fully blown side business for Mr P himself, who now offers his views and ideas as a speaker at workshops and events of all kinds.
WHO’S IT FOR: While teachers of ICT may find this somewhat useful and entertaining, the big audience for this one are those interested in the future of ICT, and those with the power to do something to control the direction the area is headed in now. Parents will also find it useful to see more of what their children could be using in the coming years.
Whereas some of the other blogs and websites we focused on look at the future of ICT and technology of education in general, or look at one particular tool in detail, ClassThink provides more of a user/review guide. This is more of a magazine aimed at finding the best possible tools for specific tasks, and for keeping people up to date about the latest developments up and coming.
WHO’S IT FOR: Tutors, teachers, and parents principally. Tutors and teachers for finding the best pieces of software and hardware for deployment in their lessons, and parents for picking out what kinds of technology might best suit educational development at home. In many ways this is more like a consumer magazine than it is a regular blog, which makes its appeal wider, but also its use more specific.
A parent’s perspective on dealing with special needs, this blog looks in particular at the autistic spectrum and tries to share a little more of what that actually means, dispelling myths about superpowers and total non-verbal-ness.
WHO’S IT FOR: The people it will be most useful for is parents in the same boat, but it also has a great deal of value for teachers and tutors who want an extra window of insight into the condition. The American context makes this a little removed from many people’s experiences, but it’s still valuable none the less.
A focal point resource providing materials and advice for an area of special needs learners that are perhaps among the most challenged. Those with visual impairments. With links to seminars, programmes for lessons, and blog posts offering encouragement and technique suggestions, there is so much here for anyone facing this particular issue.
WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone engaging with the task of teaching a child/children with visual impairments.
Whereas the previous piece was more about general experiences with autism, this blog features much greater focus with specific application of methods and practices that will help children dealing with Autism.
WHO’S IT FOR: Teachers mainly, but also tutors. Parents who are dealing with home schooling particularly severely autistic children will also find uses here.
Speech and Language therapy covers a broad range of special needs cases, and so naturally there’s a blog with particular focus on the issue. Techniques and tricks abound, as well as reflections on the subject matter as a whole. An ideal place for resources and ideas about working in this field.
WHO’S IT FOR: Some of the techniques here could be useful for the average parent/guardian/non expert tutor, but realistically this is one for the SLT specialists to give them extra ideas in their busy and noble workplaces.