-The Top Ten list of Primary blogs based in the UK.
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David Mitchell, also known as Deputy Mitchell was once a head teacher but now a freelance consultant. He could be considered a pioneer of school blogging and the founder of QuadBlogging. This is where students from different schools form networks to read and give feedback to each other’s work. His method has proven success at improving literacy and has been used 500,000 pupils involved in 22 countries.
This school in Manchester seems to have fully incorporated the world of blogging into their everyday practice. The school seem to have taken inspiration from David Mitchell (Ask Sir) among others with a great blogging website. Each year group has a blog and although most blog posts are by the teachers there are examples of the children’s blogs to read. Students are encouraged to be well informed about e-safety and keep blogging with a blogger of the week award.
With 25 years experience in the UK and overseas Tim Rylands knows about ICT. He is a firm believer that learning should be fun and his imaginative approach helps student to be engaged in learning about technology. Tim has had lots of coverage in the national press and is available for training days and seminars. He mostly blogs about Web 2.0 technology and how it can be implemented into the classroom to help engage students.
This is the blog for the Literacy Shed website which is by far the biggest of the different sheds with resources on various topics. There are many others such as Numeracy Shed and the Music Shed which are all interesting to explore. The author, Rob Smith, when not travelling the globe of raising money for charity and organising resources finds makes time to write blog as well. Posts are generally reading, writing and literacy based but could be about anything the author feels like at the time.
Mr P is a primary teacher and iPad advocate. He engages students with literacy by encouraging the use of media and video and his students seem well on the way to becoming tech experts. There are some excellent examples about how he has introduced technology into the classroom with lots of videos and images embedded into each post. His primary blog has been well received within the blogging community having been nominated for various awards.
Primary Pete is Peter Richardson, a Primary Assistant head teacher and advanced skills teacher. The site has lots of recent posts and a good variety of useful topics for any primary teacher. Many are reviews of iPad apps and assessment tools alongside posts for primary leadership.
This deputy head teacher from a primary school in Nottinghamshire has a clean and simple blog and has been positing regularly since 2012. Many topics relate to assessment as this is his main area of interest along with the new National Curriculum. He also has a range of free resources on assessment and the curriculum and is available to hire for consultancy work.
This is a record of what happens in one primary school classroom directly from the teacher and this blog has various useful strategies for teaching Maths and English. Although there are not regular posts it contains some useful links on how to develop successful CPD, leadership and improving teaching and learning strategies.
Posting from the position of senior management Timjumpclarke deals with some of the serious issues of working in leadership. Posts are taken from a personal perspective from his trials and tribulations in his position and he provides book reviews as well as reflections on educational conferences he has attended.
This very colourful and creative year 2 teacher from the Lake District loves to express what she is doing in her classroom. There are some great tips and lots of pictures about classroom displays and how to best to organise teaching materials in the classroom.
The Quirky Teacher – Prolific and humorous. Quirky teacher has an engaging style of writing and should be on the list above, explained in more detail. (When I get round to it)
Teachwell – Originally a primary teacher but avid reader and blogs on various topics.
Primary Ideas – Straight from the classroom, tips and ideas on primary teaching and personal stories from a primary teacher.