English Teacher Blogs
- Learning From My Mistakes: An English Teacher’s Blog
- Fill the Silence
- The Pensive Sloth
- Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips
Anyone who has spent any time around English teachers knows they find some things, like mis-used adverbs, to be hilarious: things that others simply don’t understand. Dangling participle jokes aren’t usually found in late-night television comedian monologues. From student errors to stories of classroom mishaps, you can find a variety of blogs for English teachers to follow if they’re looking for a sense of humor, a bright spot in the day, or teaching tips that can help their own classes.
Learning From My Mistakes: An English Teacher’s Blog
Operating since 2012 with three to four posts per month, this blog focuses on real-life lessons and classroom stories from the author’s own teaching. With plenty of humor and tongue in cheek, the lessons are up to date and classroom tested. Student questions, answers and exercises provide humor as well as examples you could put into your own classes. This blog uses the Blogger platform, and has a thorough listing of the topics covered, ranging from Shakespeare to standardized tests.
Fill the Silence
Who hasn’t stood in front of the class facing that awkward moment of total silence? Simple quotes and cartoons provide an interesting, cool moment for your English class. The cartoons include unusual facts like “Oscar Hammerstein is the only person named Oscar to have won an Oscar.” Another cartoon lets you know that 44% of Americans planned to ring in New Years’ Eve with a midnight kiss. The blog author has also published a book called Conversation Sparks.
The Pensive Sloth
More than one of the good blogs for English teachers, this blog contains a series of memes for all teachers, created by a teacher. You can find everything from “Grumpy Cat” memes making fun of faulty meetings to dozens of memes poking fun at the endless series of standardized tests that punctuate the school year. Humor is classroom-friendly and non-threatening. The site is geared toward K-12 teachers, and upper elementary and middle-school teachers will probably find it funnier than those teaching high school or college.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips
Not all of Grammar Girl’s tips are funny, but you will find lots of humor and factual information in Mignon Fogarty’s many social media sites, podcast and RSS feed. Featuring snappy tips on punctuation, word usage, and quirks of the English language, Mignon’s fast-paced grammar and style tips are available on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Snapchat.
Andertoons are geared toward all types of teachers and classrooms, but English teachers are likely to enjoy most of them. These cartoons offer a quick dose of humor suitable for almost any teaching situation. Mark Anderson draws the cartoons and also offers cartoon-drawing courses that encourage individuality, curiosity, problem-solving and design thinking. You can look at the cartoons for free, and they are for sale for reproduction in other publications or for display purposes.
Some of the grammar and spelling mistakes students make are sources of plenty of English teacher humor. Every teacher needs a break at some point during the day, if only to relieve the hard work of grading papers. Classes can benefit from laughter too, and most of the blogs for English teachers we found have classroom-friendly images and language that can lighten the day or break up difficult lessons.