I know I shouldn’t, but just can’t help myself. Onalyptica have updated their list of the 100 Most Influential Education Blogs. I was fully expecting The Learning Spy’s presence at no. 26 to be revealed as some sort of temporary and humiliating aberration. But no; it’s actually gone up 8 places to number 18!
This makes my blog the 18th most influential education blog in the world! I know, right? And, incidentally, it’s now (apparently) the most influential UK blog.
The weird thing is that I read very few of the blogs on this list and many I’ve never previously heard of. I’m still certain that some of what I consider to be the big hitters are curiously absent. Teachingbattlegound at least should surely merit a place on there somewhere, shouldn’t it? Though it is great to see Punk Learning making an entry at 69 (which I happen to know is Tait’s favourite number!)
Anyway, this is a timely opportunity to review my own, proudly unscientific selection of Top 10 education blogs. These are ones I’m currently most excited about reading. Sad I know.
1. Pragmatic Education by Joe Kirby – one of clearest thinkers on education currently writing. Unmissable!
2. The Echo Chamber by Old Andrew et al – I’m not really part of the gang, but they do reblog most of what I write. This is a wonderful repository of blogs and contains some very unexpected treats such as the delightful Making Learners Extraordinary (TM)
3. Web of Substance by Harry Webb – a focus on education research – some excellent thinking and lots of stuff I’d never previously heard of.
4. Hunting English by Alex Quigley – Another blogger with a prodigious output – really worth exploring the back catalogue: there’s gold in them thar hills.
5. Teachingbattleground by Andrew Old – the old man of UK education blogging. Andrew’s been a thorn in our side since 2006 and still has plenty left to say. It’s curious that he seems to be writing stuff that I find myself agreeing with more an more. Maybe he’s becoming a progressive, left-wing enemy of promise? He’s also Michael Gove’s blogger of choice, don’t you know?
6. Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog by Chris Curtis – this my favourite ‘proper’ English blog, and where I go to for subject specific advice and ideas. I’d have loved to have been taught by Chris.
7. …to the real by Kris Boulton – some really wonderful thinking on some of our pedagogical articles of faith like questioning and understanding. Very impressive stuff. And he’s a maths teacher!
8. Red or Green Pen? by redorgreenpen – The second blog in my Top 10 by a maths specialist. This one is full of compassion, outrage and righteous indignation. But in a good way
9. Headguruteacher by Tom Sherrington – Tom is prolific. His writing goes from strength to strength and the breadth of (education) topics covered is considerable.
10. Tabula Rosa by Tessa Matthews – full or wit and withering scorn for the nonsense teachers are encouraged to embrace. Always entertaining. Always thoughtful.
There are loads of other blogs I think are wonderful (you can find them on my favourite blogs page; the selection above just skims the surface of what I think is a bit of Golden Age of education blogging. Anecdotally, the general quality of teacher blogs has improved significantly since I started two years ago, and a rising tide has definitely helped my ship.
I’ve amassed quite a body of writing now – do feel free to trawl though my archive – there’s a few howlers in there but a couple are quite good. Thanks for reading.