About Katie Sluiter

Katie Sluiter is currently an 8th English teacher in West Michigan. She has taught middle school, high school, and community college and has her Masters Degree and is currently working on her doctoral degree in Teaching English. Her writing has been featured on Writers Who Care, The Nerdy Book Club, and Dr. Bickmore's YA Wednesday. She is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) and ALAN (the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents of the NCTE). She is a National Writing Project participant, has presented at both state and national conferences, and has been published in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan multiple times.

Since it’s the end of the school year, I am starting to look back over the year and evaluate what went well and what I would like to change or improve upon for next year. One of the first things I like to do each spring is to take inventory of my social media “follows.”  I gather ideas and inspiration from blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and sometimes–especially during a conference–I can get a little follow-happy.

I’ve curated a list below of some of the social media outlets that I consider “must-follow” accounts for anyone teaching ELA.

The Nerdy Book Club: For readers everywhere! The Nerdy Book Club is perfect for those who want to keep up with the latest and greatest books–especially Young Adult and Children’s Lit. Blog, Facebook, Twitter.

Writers Who Care: A blog by writers for writers and teachers of writers, it covers everything from pedagogy to issues to tips for teaching writing. Blog

NCTE: Connected Community: For members of the National Council of Teachers of English, a great place for ideas and helpful advice. Site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest 

The National Writing Project: Teachers teaching teachers to teach authentic writing across the curricula. Got all that? I also strongly encourage you to find your local NWP site and look into their summer institutes. It is a game changer. Site, Facebook, Twitter 

The Book Whisperer: Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild blogs about teaching the love of reading. Great blog for keeping up with YA Lit titles. Blog, Facebook, Twitter 

Kelly Gallagher: Teacher, author, speaker extraordinaire, his site has everything from literacy to grammar to articles of the week to help students with reading comprehension and thinking. Site, Facebook, Twitter 

Teri Lesesne: All things reading, especially YA Lit. Blog, Twitter 

Katie Sluiter: That’s me! My blog is not limited to education, but I do devote an entire category to it. Lately, I’ve focused mostly on reading and homework, but as summer begins, I will be sharing my thoughts on my summer “studies” that I do to get ideas and inspiration for the upcoming school year. Blog (see the Teaching & Writing Category), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (Teaching Board)


Do you have any that I missed? Who do you like to follow on social media? Follow The Educator’s Room on Twitter  and Facebook!

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