I have paired up with Caitlyn Jimmo to compile a list of blog creators which we have found interesting, and may be useful for other people to check out.
Jennie has been a preschool teacher in the USA for over 30 years. Her posts are educational and adaptive- they have far more pedagogical value than relevant to a preschool classroom. She has a series titled Language, Literacy, and Storytelling which she is currently adding to, and has multiple other collections about Language, Literacy, and Imagination as well as one focusing on the benefits out Reading Aloud.
Shelley Moore’s clever title blogsomemoore features numerous links to curriculum and instructional resources, thought-provoking videos like her Tedx Talk, as well as handouts to support classroom inclusion. Living and working in BC, her posts are relevant and particularly useful for new BC public school teachers.
This blog, run by an English Foreign Language teacher in Madrid, posts about once a month. The quality of these posts, however, are chock full of fantastic resources for English language teaching. The author has posted many English Language learning videos as well as activities and worksheets ELL and even just plain English teachers can use in their classrooms.
This blog is run by Drea Renee who lives in the US and owns her company. She designs knitting patterns for people to buy and create. She details her adventures in knitting each project, what went well, and what didn’t. I really liked how personable she was, and I spent a lot of time scrolling through her blog because of this. It felt like I was taking part in an interesting conversation! I definitely am planning on buying one of her sock patterns. I appreciate that she’s taken an ancient art and made it modern. I have no idea how she creates patterns, but I really admire her for doing so!
Kelli Vogstad is a teacher with over 35 years of experience who decided to share her opinion on core competency self-assessment in children. One thing I noticed about children listing their strengths and weaknesses is that I share some of the exact same ideas about myself as these children who are in elementary school. I’ve finally put to words what I need to work on, and what my strengths are, probably around high school. They’re able to articulate this well before I remember being able to do so. It amazed me when I read their comments; it was incredible how self-aware children can be if we encourage them to be introspective. I hope to bring these methods into the classroom, and be transparent about what core competencies are, why they’re important, and how they’re actually life-long goals to work on forever.
Vicky Walker’s grade 10 class used iMovie successfully for a WWII history project in a Grade 10 class. She was able to get funding for a few projects to engage Indigenous learners, such as the project called “iPads for Success: Engaging Aboriginal and Applied Level Students.” Vicky came together with other educators and worked on projects such as these to improve relationships with Indigenous students and make school more culturally relevant. Connection with Indigenous students is important to their success and engagement. The project focused on seven key areas: creating welcoming environments; practicing cultural proficiency; connecting with Indigenous communities; embedding Indigenous content; engaging and building relationships with students; integrating 21st Century instructional and assessment practices; and becoming interconnected professional learners.
One thing to note about this blog is that it’s not a WordPress blog, however, we still wanted to include it because it was such a great article. I will continue to research more blogs like this so I’m able to follow other WordPress blogs with similar topics.
You can also check out Caitlyn’s twitter feed @CaitlynJimmo to see quick links and additional information on these amazing bloggers! We created tweets in addition to this blog post in order to share these authors with a larger audience and to open up to a platform designed for ongoing discussions.