I read a lot of educational blogs. As both the coordinating editor for KQED’s “In the Classroom” and as a social studies teacher at San Marino High School, it comes with the territory. The best blogs I have read are generally those written by teachers that describe various teaching, learning, and assessment strategies.

Appearing in alphabetical order below are the 20 teacher-bloggers who have impacted me the most in 2017:

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Alice Chen

Alice Chen is a Suzanne Middle School teacher (8th-grade Language Arts, Technology Coach). Alice’s school is located in Walnut, California and she can be reached via Twitter @wondertechedu and her Alice in Wonder Tech blog. Alice’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Amy Rosenstein

Amy Rosenstein is a Concord Road Elementary School teacher. Amy’s school is located in Ardsley, New York and she can be reached via Twitter @SkypeAmy. Amy’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

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Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly is a Minarets High School teacher (AP US History, US History, US Government, Economics, Psychology). Bob’s school is located outside Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California and he can be reached via Twitter @MrKellyIII and his Learning is My Business blog. Bob’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Windsor High School teacher (9th and 10th grade English Language Arts). Catlin’s school is located in Windsor, California and she can be reached via Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and her Catlin Tucker blog. Catlin’s best posts of 2017 are:

Darcy Salvadore

Darcy Salvadore is a Los Osos High School teacher (11th and 12th grade English).   Darcy’s school is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California and she can be reached via Twitter @drcyslvdr. Darcy’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

David Cutler

David Cutler is a Brimmer and May High School teacher (American History, Government, Latin American History). David’s school is an independent school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and he can be reached via Twitter @SpinEDu. David’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Jen Roberts

Jen Roberts is a Point Loma High School teacher (9th grade English). Jen’s school is located in San Diego, California and she can be reached via Twitter @JenRoberts1 and her Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc blog. Jen’s best posts of 2017 are:

Jim Pike

Throughout much of 2017, Jim Pike was an Albert Einstein Academy teacher (5th and 6th grade STEAM) and the director of Game-Based Learning and CodeREVKids.com Learning Centers (Santa Monica). In the fall, Jim became a Sycamore School teacher. This school is located in Malibu, CA. Jim can be reached via Twitter @joakleyiii. Jim’s best posts of 2017 are:

John Walter

John Walter is a Junction City High School teacher (Journalism, American Ethnic Studies.) John’s school is located in Junction City, Kansas and he can be reached via Twitter at @John_MWalter. John’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Kelley Hutchison

Kelley Hutchison lives in Portland, Oregon, having moved there recently. Previously, she taught English at both Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA and Leland High School in San Jose, CA. She can be reached via Twitter @TheMrsHutch. Kelley’s best blog posts for 2017 are:

Laura Bradley

Laura Bradley is a Kenilworth Junior High School teacher (English 8, Design Lab 8, and Broadcast Media 7/8). Laura’s school is located in Petaluma, California and she can be reached via Twitter @LAMBradley and her Laura Bradley blog. Laura’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

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Mariana Garcia-Serrato

Mariana Garcia-Serrato is an Oak Grove School District teacher (5th-8th grade Science, Engineering). Mariana’s school district is located in San Jose, California and she can be reached via Twitter @MarianaGSerrato and her Teaching Above the Test blog. Mariana’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez is a Mira Costa High School teacher (Cinema, Journalism). Michael’s school is located in Manhattan Beach, California and he can be reached via Twitter @cinehead and his Michael Hernandez blog. Michael’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Nicole Naditz

Nicole Naditz is a Bella Vista High School teacher (French Language and Culture). Nicole’s school is located near Sacramento, California and she can be reached via Twitter at @NicoleNaditz. Nicole’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Robert Ward

Robert Ward is a T.S. King Middle School teacher (8th grade English). Robert’s school is located in Los Angeles, California and he can be reached via Twitter @RewardingEdu and on his Rewarding Education blog. Robert’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Scott Petri

Scott Petri is a John F. Kennedy High School Medical Magnet teacher (World History & The Impact of Disease, US History & Public Health). Scott’s school is located in Granada Hills, California and he can be reached via Twitter @scottmpetri. Scott’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a Westwood Schools teacher (Computer Science, Computers Apps Games & Society, Keyboarding, Digital Filmmaking). Vicki’s school is located in Camilla, Georgia and she can be reached via Twitter @coolcatteacher and her Cool Cat Teacher blog. Vicki’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

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The three teachers mentioned below have recently left the classroom, but given how impressed I’ve been with their blogging in 2017, I had to include them:

Cori Orlando

Cori Orlando is a Simi Valley Unified School District TOSA. Previously, she taught K-4. Cori’s district is located in Simi Valley, California and she can be reached via Twitter @CoriOrlando1 and her Leading in Limbo Blog. Cori’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Matthew Farber

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is a University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor. Previously, he was a 6th and 7th-grade social studies teacher for 9 years at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey. His current school (UNC) is located in Greeley, Colorado and he can be reached via Twitter at @MatthewFarber. Dr. Farber’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

Peg Grafwallner

Peg Grafwallner, M.Ed. is a Ronald Reagan IB High School Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist. Previously, she taught freshmen English. Peg’s current school (RRHS) is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and she can be reached via Twitter @PegGrafwallner and her Peg Grafwallner, M.Ed. blog. Peg’s best blog posts of 2017 are:

To learn more about each of the above-mentioned teacher bloggers, click here.

Teachers Who Blog: The 20 Best of 2017 28 December,2017Peter Paccone

  • Great post with some excellent edu-bloggers!

    Noticed there were no math specific bloggers in the list? Tons of awesome out there to choose from like Dan Meyer, Robert Kaplinsky, Graham Fletcher, Jon Orr, Mary Bourassa, Andrew Stadel… the list goes on.

    Would love to see some Math love in these “best of” posts, but rarely do :(.

  • Peter Paccone

    Kyle: Would you be willing to produce a Google Doc modeled after my article and containing these math teachers’ best blog posts of 2017; then provide a link to that Google Doc here in the comment section of this article. If you don’t have the time, I’ll do it if these math teachers are willing to send me their best of.

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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone is a San Marino High School social studies teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. He is also the KQED In the Classroom publications manager and a member of several teacher advisory committees (iCivics, Global Flipped Learning, PBS, Better Together California Teacher Summit, etc.). He writes frequently for several education-related online publications (ITC, Edutopia, PBS’s Teacher Lounge, etc.) and he has given a TED-Talk style presentation at the 2015 and 2016 California Teachers Summit and at the 2016 Arcadia Innovative Teacher Summit. In addition, he has produced two TED-Ed Lessons.

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