The school year is starting and you have no clue where to begin.
It’s the middle of the year and you know you need to change up your wall displays, but there is so little time with the grading, planning, meetings, and prepping for testing.
You need a great lesson to teach division. Your kids still aren’t getting the steps and your colleagues are stumped too.
You want some new and current books to use for guided reading.
You are new to teaching or just finishing your student teaching and want to get fresh ideas.
If you have questions you want answered… If you have lessons you need to tweak…. Or if you are just looking for some inspiration about this wonderful career you have chosen, then you HAVE to follow these teachers. Their ideas and inspiration will keep you sailing throughout the entire school year.
1. Teaching With a Mountain View
Mary from Teaching With a Mountain View is such a calm soul. She would have been a perfect teacher for me. I went to her presentation in Vegas and learned so much from her journey. Her soft voice is calming and inspiring. The way she presents herself in presentations and through her products and social media, you feel like she is already a friend. Your students will love her products and they will definitely make your teaching life easier. The blog posts she shares give a variety of ways to teach.
2. An Apple For The Teacher
Kelly from An Apple for the Teacher is a mom of 6 boys. Yes, you heard me right. She has 6 boys. She has to be a super woman. She has taught 3rd -7th grade. Her blog is full of great ideas to use in the classroom. Follow her on Facebook to see how she uses her ideas in the classroom, as well as, find great tools she shares. She has a wealth of knowledge and knows great ideas. You won’t have to search far to find great ideas for your lesson plans.
3. Blair Turner
Blair Turner’s style is amazing. She has mastered the art of knowing her talents and exploring ways to engage students. Her blog provides multiple ideas on teaching lessons and tips for teachers on better instruction practices. Her creative eye will help you organize and design your classroom and find ways to improve that class newsletter. And her alter ego Teacher Troubles will give you the laughs you need to get you through the day and realize you aren’t the only one.
4. Education to the Core
Emily from Education to the Core is a master at finding the positive. The content on her blog will help guide you to the best of the best in the education world. Her work and that of her guest authors will inspire you and help bring out the best in your students.
5. More Than a Worksheet
Sarah from More Than a Worksheet is a STEM expert. Her lessons tailored to STEM activities are so exciting and engaging. Your students can learn how to make Snowball Slingers and Candy Heart Chutes. You will love her blog posts and lessons. You can sign up for her Daily Creative Thinking Newsletter when you visit her blog.
6. Angela Watson
Angela Watson is a master of many things. Her tips on working smarter, saving time, and classroom management are a MUST for both new and veteran teachers. Her podcast let you be inspired on the go. It’s perfect for the mornings you want to get inspired and in the afternoons on the those days that you just want to scream. She has a plethora of free items on her blog to get your started. If you want a go-to place to get answers on teaching issues, The Cornerstone for Teachers is the perfect place.
7. Chris Kesler
Are you looking for upper elementary and middle school science? Well look no further! Chris Kesler has lab bundles, unit studies, and board games to help your students have fun while learning important standards. From learning about science day demos to interactive science notebooks, he has you covered.
8. Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris
Talk about organization! Meghan from Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris is so organized. I have learned so much from her Plan With Me Sunday series on getting organized for the week. The amazing products in her store range from lap books to math games. Her new products for the Google Classroom are fantastic. Check out her blog for tons of tips for RTI and managing your time in the classroom.
9. Erin Stephen – Snazzy in Second
If you are looking for great wall displays, fun games, or a great craftivity, then Erin from Snazzy in Second has you covered. Your students will have fun learning and your walls will provide the answers for many student questions.
10. Hello Literacy
I love the style of Jen from Hello Literacy. She has a variety of resources to enhance your literacy lessons and centers. She’s great at professional development and I love following her through her travels. She is definitely bringing change to education. From fun fonts to close reading passage, your class will be prepared for fun. Her venture into periscope has brought professional development to your sofa.
11. Mandy’s Tips 4 Teachers
Mandy from Mandy’s Tips 4 Teachers has a wealth of knowledge. Her blog is a go to place for ideas on teaching math and finding differentiated strategies. Her math and differentiated ELA posts and resources will have your students engaged and you enjoying teaching. Her writing style makes you feel as though she is talking with you while you plan.
12: Simply Kinder
Jennifer from Simply Kinder has an amazing wealth of knowledge. Her groups, resources, and blog posts will make you feel like you are sitting with a friend. Here site is filled with an enormous library of resources to get you started, especially if you teach kindergarten and first grade.
13: Notes from the Portable
And if you want to keep up with me, Jessica Zannini from Notes from the Portable, as I share more about my journey through blogging, teaching, parenting, creating, and writing follow the links below. I also have a New Teacher Mentoring Group on Facebook where new teachers can get ideas and advice.
Who else would you add to the list? I love to find other inspiring teachers!
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