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Top 10 blogs for English, drama and performing arts teachers

Friday August 15, 2014

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All over the country and the world, teachers and educators are sharing experiences, resources, insights and anecdotes in the blogosphere.

The WST team have compiled a list of some of the many noteworthy English and drama blogs available to teachers, whether looking for inspirational class material, resources or career development.

Reading all the books
As the title suggests, this blog has a mission: to get teachers and students reading. Written by English teacher Jo, it contains reviews of educational books as well as books that she personally recommends to her students.

Dance Advantage
Nichelle Strzepek created Dance Advantage, providing dance teachers with help to deal with behavioural or technical issues in the classroom, alongside tools and information to enhance their methods of training. With topics running from choreography to educational theories, whatever your role in dance education, this blog provides quality content to browse.

Drama Start
This is a resource site for early years educators, aiming to share ideas for teaching drama to young children from the age of three to eight. Information on activities suitable for this age group is available, along with play therapy suggestions and drama workshops.

Rachel Marsh – Notes from a creative writing teacher
Rachel Marsh has been teaching creative writing for over ten years, with her blog covering everything from novels and drama to screenplays and short stories. She has also been lecturing in literature, media and writing for the past four years.

Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog
Learning from my mistakes is a 'warts and all' view of a teaching career from the perspective of teacher-come-blogger Xris. Written to inspire teachers, and help them overcome the same challenges she faced, the blog covers a range of topics including language analysis, GCSE preparation, creative writing and Shakespeare’s plays.

Teaching Drama

Written for teachers by teachers, this unique twice-termly magazine is for anyone involved in drama and performing arts education. Published just before the start of each term and half term, Teaching Drama offers a mixture of news, features and work schemes.

Geoff Barton's Pick 'n' Mix
Geoff Barton's Pick 'n' Mix blog, a descendant of his main site which can be found here , is a collection of notable and interesting links to articles on language and literacy, combined with unexpected articles about life. Aimed mostly at teachers of A-level English language and English literature.

Hunting English
An English teacher and assistant head at York secondary school, Alex Quigley is a teacher on the hunt for great teaching and learning strategies to share and discuss with his peers. His blog is updated regularly with new teaching and improvement strategies mixed in with, “Some political arguments and miscellany along the way.”

The Drama Teacher
Created and maintained by Justin Cash, The Drama Teacher is packed with resources for drama and theatre teachers at all levels of education. Whether you’re a graduate or head of department, you can read about the lives of drama teachers here and share stories with others by commenting on posts.

Drama Teacher’s Network
Written by an Australian Drama and English teacher, Drama Teachers Networkis designed to connect drama teachers from around the world, so that they can share ideas about various aspects of teaching the subject. Author Karla believes in a strong philosophy that, “Some things about teaching are simply universal, are they not?”

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