Best for Hands-on Activities
MRS. CASSIDY’S CLASSROOM BLOG
THE LOWDOWN: Canadian first-grade teacher Kathy Cassidy invites readers into the classroom to interact with students and her dynamic lessons.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Besides sharing fun ideas like making fairy-tale characters out of clay, Cassidy lets us witness her students’ learning firsthand by posting lots of videos and photographs. And another bonus: We get to learn from Cassidy’s many guest speakers, too!
Best for Tech Wannabes
CREATING LIFELONG LEARNERS
THE LOWDOWN: Tech wiz Mathew Needleman provides quick tips on integrating tech into the classroom.
Best Forward-Thinking Tech Blog
THE LOWDOWN: Pennsylvania teacher Scott Snyder is always ahead of the technological curve
Best for Kid Book Reviews
A YEAR OF READING
THE LOWDOWN: Teachers Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn review new children’s books.
Best Student-Written Blog
THE LOWDOWN: Students and their teachers participate in a “colossal ongoing discussion about everything” via podcasts, videos, and blogs.
Best for Media Specialists
THE LOWDOWN: Media specialist Cathy Nelson provides tips on incorporating library technology into lessons.
Best for Problem Solving
THE LOWDOWN: Hear straight fro Scholastic’s team of teacher advisors on topics ranging from reader’s workshop to discipline and organization.
Best Classroom Use of Blogs
LEARNING IS MESSY
THE LOWDOWN: Brian Crosby discusses how he uses blogging and other technology in the classroom.