Parents and teachers who want up-to-date insider perspectives on the life of the classroom have the advantage of the internet. We happen to be big fans of blogs (ahem)–and often turn to the unique pleasure that eavesdropping on someone’s [public] thinking can provide. What we don’t care for is those snarky, sarcastic, or caustic blogs, so we chose a few that are our favorites: they are all passionate about literacy, respectful of kids, and have been around long enough that we feel comfortable in recommending them for your blog-reading pleasure…
Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog
Canadian first-grade teacher Kathy Cassidy invites readers into the classroom to interact with students and her dynamic lessons.
Besides sharing fun ideas like making fairy-tale characters out of clay, Cassidy lets us witness her students’ learning firsthand by posting lots of videos and photographs. And another bonus: We get to learn from Cassidy’s many guest speakers, too!
Why She Loves Blogging: “My favorite thing about blogging,” says Cassidy, “is that the students literally have a worldwide audience. They see themselves as writers because people can and do read and comment on their work.”
“Two teacher who read. A lot.” Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn are the awesome teachers and bloggers who created and post regularly on this amazing blog. Yes, we already recommend it as a great resource for literature for children and adolescents, but we can’t tout its greatness often enough. They are up-to-date on all the latest books, share their knowledge and their teaching expertise nationally, and are completely addictive. Not only will you get terrific and timely tips for you and your kids’ reading pleasure, but hot-off-the presses professional books, reading apps, classroom suggestions, and more.
Middle school science teacher Darren Fix entertains with science lessons and experiments. Watch his Mr. Wizard––style experiments—like using a jellyfish to learn genetic engineering. I love his recent blog ( with helpful video) of how to combine your love for chocolate and science and make your own chocolate pop rocks! Says Fix, “Posting stimulates my creativity and leads to new ideas. It’s a positive experience in a profession that unfortunately dwells on the negative too much.”
It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages
“This is a blog for TEACHERS WHO ROCK and are frustrated by the day to day drama that gets in the way of our interactions with children. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but sometimes a girl has gotta vent…” So says “Mrs. Mimi,” elementary teacher and blogger who works with kids in Harlem, NYC. Suffice it to say, this blog is hilarious–and she does a brilliant job bringing humor to our day-to-day realities while also shedding light and wisdom on the need for some changes in the teaching profession. Her love of the children is clear in her entries–and in her recent book of the same title. Parents who want a taste of a teacher’s real life, with comical commentary, this is the blog for you.