Thursday, July 2, 2009

EduBlogger Favorites: My Twitter #FollowFriday and #TeacherTuesday Recommended Resources

In recent months, I have spent quite some time sifting through the blogs of some of my fellow Tweeters and members of the English Companion Ning. In looking for great content to share with teachers, I have found a few indispensible, go-to sources for great information.

These bloggers are teachers, administrators, or just plain old advocates for education who are interested in starting discussions on how to improve things in the educational realm. They are constantly piquing my interest and have given me many resources to pass on.

If you don’t see your favorite edu blogger, please feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments section, and I’ll be happy to add them!

English Companion Ning

I’ve already done my plug for the English Companion Ning both here at the Prestwick Café blog and in our most recent Footnotes Newsletter, but I feel the need to reiterate that it is an absolutely essential resource for those in the English education field. The variety of active forums, blogs, and groups in which you can discuss topics with other teachers is almost overwhelming and the quickness with which others respond to your inquiries is impressive. Answers and suggestions given here are always thorough and thought-provoking.

And while you’re getting your feet wet with the EC Ning, you should check out EC Ning creator Jim Burke’s English Companion Blog for even more useful information.

Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Blog

Concentrating in websites that will help you teach ELL, ESL and EFL, Larry Ferlazzo’s website is a great resource for all sorts of information on education. Specializing in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California Larry Ferlazzo has been a high school teacher for five years after spending nineteen years working as a community organizer.

In addition to writing this blog and maintaining his website, Larry writes regularly for In Practice, a blog created by Alice Mercer in 2007 and written by a group of teachers from around the world who teach in low-income communities.

The Edurati Review

This site, sort of a news feed for what’s going on in education, derives its name from edu(cation) and (lit)erati. 'Edurati' is used to refer to a “new wave of educators, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and activists driving catalytic innovation in public education.” My fellow tweeters, Chad Ratliff, Jason Flom, and Kevin D. Washburn are all contributors to this blog, and give a unique insight on various issues in education. This is one of the websites I check daily, and I am genuinely excited when there’s a new post to read!

Clerestory Learning Blog Spot

Speaking of Kevin D. Washburn, his blog is not only well-written and interesting but his focus on the quality of instruction is similar to Prestwick House’s (which makes it extremely fun for me to read). His “experience as a teacher in elementary through college level classrooms and positions in curriculum and instruction combine with his penchant for reading and research in both educational and scientific areas to uncover important implications for learning.”

New Teacher Resource Center

This blog was created by Dorit Sasson, freelance writer and ESL teacher, and is dedicated to supporting new teachers. There are constantly new posts and links on developing strategies for succeeding in the classroom including tips on lesson planning, classroom management, and discovering different learning styles and teaching methods.

Keeping Kids First

This blog written by Kelly Hines is witty, fun, and covers a number of interesting education topics. As stated in the title, this 4th grade teacher is adamant about kids and education and her blog is definitely a must-read.

Other Favorites:

Dana M. Huff’s English Blog

Shelly Terrell’s Teacher Boot Camp Blog

Burcu Akyol’s EFL Blog

Shelly Blake-Plock’s Teach Paperless Blog


Larry Ferlazzo said...

Thanks so much for including my blog!

I'm honored to share such company...


Anonymous said...

I am truly humbled that you included my blog. Thank you so much! The others on this list are certainly must-reads of mine :)


Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D. said...

Wow, thanks for including the Clerestory Learning blog, "The Window," in your list. I'm honored to be included with the other bloggers in your list, who exemplify excellence in thought and communication. I consider each a vital part of my learning community!