Oklahoma + Education = #OklaEd
A View From The Edge / @edgeblogger - Rob Miller is an Oklahoma educator/administrator. Solid commentary on public education issues, often as they unfold in Oklahoma. Reliable substance, usually with a dose of mirth - or at least a wry comment or two. Mr. Miller usually manages to stay warm and likeable even when dealing with frustrating topics.
OKEducationTruths / @okeducation - Probably the most tenacious and substantive Oklahoma Education watchdog around. Sometimes quite hilarious, but the facts come first and hard. OKEducationTruths is generally smarter and better informed that me - thank goodness!
Fourth Generation Teacher / @ClaudiaSwisher - A retired educator who's seen it all (or who's at least seen a lot of it), Ms. Swisher speaks with experience and tenaciousness about education issues, largely as they unfold in Oklahoma. With new leadership at the #OKSDE, Swisher has had less to say, but much like Batman, she appears when needed. FGT tends to be in the middle of major events and reporting firsthand, or as close as one can get to it without being arrested. Essential reading.
Teaching From Here / @TeachFromHere - Scott Haselwood is one of those math types who also writes pretty darn well and has a broad, passionate perspective on all things public ed. That kinda breadth, I suspected a #CommonCore influence - but we checked him out, and he's clean.
For The Love / @MeghanLoyd - Meghan Loyd combines the insights of a veteran with the heart of a young educator passionately focused on what's good for kids. I've been known to harass her about her 'unicorns and rainbows' approach, but just between you and me... I'm really glad she's doing it. Go read her.
This Teacher Sings / @MrsDSings - Mindy Dennison is becoming quite an interesting character. At heart she's a vocal music instructor passionate about the arts and educating the whole child. When something gets under her skin, however... well, let's just say she's been getting a tad snarky. I know, I know - whatever will we do? I love Mindy's writing and I love her heart.
JennWillTeach / @JennWillTeach - Jennifer Williams is charter #11FF and one of my favorite voices on all of social media. While she has some golden posts here already, I'm partly including her in hopes it will pressure her to blog more often. In other words, can we focus more time and energy on entertaining ME, please?!?
Oklahoma Education Journal - This is a relatively new site (2016), but one rapidly becoming indispensable for anyone trying to keep up with education and politics in Oklahoma. It's not a blog so much as a... focused news source? The pieces are crisp and clear, short and to-the-point, redirecting to other information when relevant. I hope this one sticks around - it's good stuff. Important stuff.
Oklahoma Policy Institute - Whenever you need complex facts and extensive information related to Oklahoma's economy, legislative choices, education, etc., made easy and possibly with helpful visuals, this is the place to start. I have a serious edu-crush on this site, which - given that they're probably mostly old guys in suits - is mildly creepy and exciting at the same time.
Other Education (Or At Least Educational) Blogs
Curmudgucation / @palan57 - Peter Greene is NOT from Oklahoma, but somewhere northeasterly - and as a consequence leans towards the godless and truculent. Nevertheless, Curmudgucation may be the most consistently funny-because-it's-true site out there, on the subject of education or anything else (although I suppose it's also possible that bitterness simply resonates with me more than some). I don't always agree with Mr. Greene, but he does have that whole 'make you think' thing going. To be honest, I'm often rather jealous at how much better he is at it than I am.
Starr Sackstein / @mssackstein - Starr is in some ways the opposite of Curmudgucation. Consistently positive and encouraging, Starr tends to focus on the pedagogical and the classroom-ready. Practical and optimistic, I nevertheless really enjoy her thoughts and ideas. If I were a good person, I'd want to be more like Sackstein.
The Zen Teacher / @thezenteacher - I realize the theme may throw some of you, but Dan Tricarico somehow just... I mean, yes - it's really Zen. And yes, it's often small things designed to help you focus and feel and process and - Look, it's completely legit accessible non-crazy and you should at least check it out. I'm better for visiting each time I do.
L.Z. Marie / @LZMarieAuthor - Marie is an English teacher and writer of history-laden fantasy books, both of which make her interesting but neither of which landed her on this page. Her webpage/blog is full of interesting literary tools and insights - symbols and metaphors to look for or consider when writing yourself, ponderings on the writing process, and other quirky-accessible bits of brilliance. You can get lost there and learn your way out days later, so bring supplies.
Diane Ravitch / @DianeRavitch - This is her home page, but it links to her personal blog as well as various published articles and such. Ms. Ravitch is one of the most important voices in education today and has been nothing but gracious and supportive the few times I've interacted with her.
Three Teachers Talk / @AmyRasmussen - @ErikaBogdany - @LitReader - @JackieCatcher - This is one of those blogs I almost don't want to like. It's filled by multiple ELA-types (more than three, plus regular guest-bloggers), and the focus is usually on reading and writing. Some of it is very content-specific (I can't claim I'm too worked up about thoughts on a good Poetry Unit), but other times they get me all challenged and inspired by how I approach literacy, and reading novels, and writing just about anything, in my class.
Mr. Anderson Reads & Writes / @MrAndersonELA - Peter Anderson is an English guy with enough pedagogy and academic history to be all kinds of credible, but with a focus on the practical and the useful for real teachers and real kids in real classrooms. I don't even teach ELA and I benefit from almost every post I read here.
The Becoming Radical / @plthomasEdD - Paul Thomas is an educator and writer who packs particular punch when discussing race and equity and dismantling our cultural myths, assumptions, and dissimulations. Challenging reading, especially if you come from my world, but reliable balance of scholarship and readability.
Teaching/Math/Culture / @ilana_horn - This blog may look like it's about teaching math, but it's really about teaching, and teaching teaching, and teaching teachers. More than that, it's about mindsets, and perspective, and thinking. Ilana Horn is accessible, thoughtful, and inspires without being silly. If you want to know what a quality blog should read like, go read this one.
The Jose Vilson / @TheJLV - Math teacher, writer, and activist who makes me think far too hard and makes me very uncomfortable more often than not. I'll keep reading until I figure out exactly why. In the meantime, I learn more than I squirm - definitely worth a follow.
History Blogs (A Miscellany of Recollection & Commentary)
Boston 1775 - This blog is a miscellany of information about New England just before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, and about how that history has been studied, taught, preserved, politicized, mythologized, lost, recovered, discussed, described, distorted, and now digitized. It's surprisingly fascinating for something so seemingly specific. Also, apparently there were blogs in 2006 - who knew? This one is still pretty new to me, but initial impressions are quite positive.
American Creation - Came across this one while researching the recent APUSH kerfuffle. Posts from multiple contributors, and some odd color and font choices, but still looks worth perusing. I'm partly putting it here so I can keep track of it until I have more time to read it further.
Mimi Matthews (Romance, Literature, History) - Matthews primarily writes about society and personalities of the 19th century. I realize this may not sound fascinating on the surface, but I find myself sucked into reading her posts more than just about any other history-driven blogger. Who knew hoop-skirts and cat funerals could shine so much light on our culture and our humanity - then and now?
All Things Georgian - this has nothing to do with the American South, and everything to do with, um... the Georgian Era. Sarah & Joanne, genealogists and historians, spend their time immersed in this era, determined to ensure that in each blog there is at least one piece of information that is not already in the public domain. They're writing books and everything, so they must know what they're talking about, right? I like this one.
Strange Company: A Walk on the Weird Side of History - need I explain why this is one of my favorite things on the interwebs?
The History Blog - Perhaps the best-named of the lot, this one actually focuses primarily on Medieval and Ancient European history. Not my forte, but how can I resist another blog going strong since 2006? I swear, I didn't even remember we had the interweb back then.
Shorpy - Historic Pictures Archive. How could I resist? I wasn't sure, though, whether it counted as a blog, or with this last category...
If there's a favorite blog I haven't listed, but which you think should be included, let me know. I'm all kinds of accommodating like that.