10 Teaching Blogs to Follow in 2023

As teachers, we’re always looking for inspiration to help improve our classroom teaching. Sometimes that inspiration can be hard to find though. That’s why I’ve gathered a list of some of my favourite blogs to turn to for creative classroom activity ideas.

Benefits of and Tips for Teaching Sight Words

I encourage you not to neglect teaching sight words to your children. When used in conjunction with a phonetic teaching approach, sight word memorisation has many benefits. In this post, I’ll focus on the benefits of teaching sight words, and share some tips for making the most of this teaching approach. 

Using Discussion Boards to Encourage Collaboration in the Classroom

A discussion board is a simple and effective tool to use to help facilitate collaboration amongst students. Discussion boards remove some of the pressure of ‘on the spot’ discussions, by allowing students to first write an individual response down before verbally sharing their ideas with others. Discussion boards also give you a written sample of students’ discussion responses, which you can either keep a copy of for your own records or use to start whole class discussions later on. 

Time to Reflect – How To Help Students Reflect on Their Learning 

With limited teaching time each day and a never-ending list of things to cover with our students, it can be easy to move through our lessons at a fast pace, always ready for the next topic. There’s an important step in the learning process though that we must not forget about though. That important step is – reflecting on learning.

Grids, Mazes & Photo Shoots – 8 Engaging Times Table Homework Activities 

Many primary school teachers include times table practice as part of their homework routine. So often though, this involves repetitive revision of the same set of times tables over and over again, leaving both students and teachers alike feeling bored with times table practice. There are many activities that you can use to keep your students engaged in their times table practice though, and in this post you’ll find my top 8 suggestions for fun times tables homework tasks. 

Lists, Rules & Exceptions – 11 Engaging & Effective Tips for Teaching Children Spelling and Vocabulary

There are so, so many options for activities and strategies to use when it comes to teaching and practising spelling. Yet, I know that sometimes as teachers we can still find ourselves searching for new ways to try to keep our students interested in their spelling work. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite tips for teaching spelling and vocabulary to students that will not only keep them engaged, but will also be effective for helping them practise that tricky English language. 

The Vast Unknown

As difficult as it is, I’m beginning to accept the fact that sometimes things are out of our control. However, I’m also beginning to realise that one of the most beautiful things about life is its unpredictability. And perhaps by holding more loosely to our expectations as we learn to embrace what comes our way, we’ll be pleasantly surprised at what that vast unknown holds for us.  

Using Intentional Questioning in the Classroom to Encourage Deeper Thinking

Encouraging students to think deeply and creatively about the content we teach is beneficial in so many ways. It causes them to stop and reflect on the information, and it encourages them to be more thoughtful and independent in their learning. One useful way to start is by being intentional with the questions we ask.