I’m sharing all of my favorite YouTube Teachers on TeacherTube!
It was only a few months ago that I discovered that YouTube teachers existed. Ever since, I’ve been calling it TeacherTube. It’s so fun to watch teachers share the things that I want to know about working in the classroom. I’ve watched tons of classroom setup videos that have my mind going crazy about how I’ll set up my own future classroom. I’ve seen teachers talk about lesson plans, beginning of the year activities, and personal development, and even give advice on becoming a teacher, using curriculum, and classroom organization. As someone who has put my life on the internet for well over six years now on both this blog and YouTube, I love seeing people speak a language that I understand, as well as a language that I want to learn.
There are so many incredible YouTube teachers out there, and I’ve only just dipped my toe in and discovered a few. Here are a few of my favorites so far:
POCKETFUL OF PRIMARY
Pocketful of Primary is run by a fourth grade (former second grade) teacher named Michelle who lives in Maryland. This is the first YouTube teacher I ever discovered, and her videos quickly became my favorite. For awhile, I was only watching her videos. She used to do several “week in my life” videos where she took you through her week, day-by-day, in the classroom. She talked about everything, including her struggles. Now, she’s transitioned into sharing more informational videos with tips and tricks that are so helpful for teachers. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the tools that she talks about. I’ve actually taken notes on a lot of the tips that she’s shared in both her daily vlogs and informational videos. She’s chockful of good info.
HELLO 3RD GRADE
Hello 3rd Grade is run by a third grade (obviously) teacher named Jess who lives in southern California. I love Jess because she has such a kind, genuine voice, and she’s someone that I would have loved to have as my own teacher back in the day. In addition to her daily vlogs, she also does outfit videos, which I love because I’m already stressed about what I’m going to be wearing to work when I start observations and demonstration teaching. She also shares parts of her lesson plans, activities, organizational tips, and all sorts of things that have helped make her classroom run smoothly. I’ve also taken notes watching her videos because they’re packed full of knowledge that I know I’ll want to remember later.
FIVE FOOT ONE TEACHER
Five Foot One Teacher is run by a former high school teacher named Brittany. It is impossible not to absolutely love Brittany because even through the screen, all the joy she has in heart just bursts out of her. She’s adorable and sweet, and I just love watching her videos. During Brittany’s first year as a teacher, there was a school shooting, and that obviously rattled her and the rest of the school. This school year, Brittany decided to take some time off to focus on her mental health. She still is involved in the school, but she isn’t teaching her own classroom. Brittany also started an organization called The Unbreakable Org that encourages people to find what makes them unbreakable. So while her newer videos are focused on her life outside of the classroom and forming her new organization, you can watch a lot of her older videos for more teacher-related content.
What I love about Hailey is that she’s a first year teacher, so I love watching and hearing about her experiences because I know I’ll encounter some of the same things as her when I’m going through my first year as a teacher. Hailey is a kindergarten teacher that lives in Washington. She’s young, newly married, and she just seems like she has a kind soul. In her videos, she’s talked about being an introvert, and even though I’m extroverted, when my anxiety kicks in, I go full-on introverted, so I enjoy hearing about her experiences. While her content isn’t as informative as other TeacherTubers I watch, what attracts me most to her channel is her experience as a new teacher, as well as her experience being a student teacher, since that’s something that I’ll need more information about next year.
THE CAFFEINATED CLASSROOM
The Caffeinated Classroom is run by a high school ELA teacher named Marie who lives in southern California. I’ve only watched a few of her videos, but I’ve absolutely loved the content I’ve seen from her. She has such an electric personality, and her videos are incredibly informative. Even though I don’t plan on teaching high school, many of the tips she shares can apply to almost all teachers, no matter what grade they’re planning to teach.
Early EDventures is run by a second year sixth grade teacher named Shelly who lives in northern California. Her first year, she taught third grade. Shelly is currently pregnant, so in the midst of all of her teacher-related content, you can also find her sharing her experience becoming a first-time mom. On her channel, you can find a mix of daily vlogs and more informative videos where she speaks to the camera and gives advice. She has a super fun personality, and so many of her videos just make me smile.
THE LETTERED CLASSROOM
The Lettered Classroom is run by a multi-age teacher named Bridget who lives in central Pennsylvania. She teaches fourth through sixth grade. The first video I ever watched on Bridget’s channel was one of her classroom set-up videos where she was talking about putting different types of lighting around the classroom, and she seriously had me hooked from that little spiel. I love natural light, and I’m not a huge fan of gross fluorescent lighting, and I think it’s such a great idea to put different types of (less harsh) lighting in your classroom. That alone made me fall in love with her channel. I also don’t know anything about multi-age teachers, so it’s been interesting to learn about what it entails and how it affects her teaching and lesson planning.
ELEMENTARY IN THE MITTEN
Elementary in the Mitten is run by Kim, who is a second year, fourth grade teacher who lives in west Michigan. As a currently resident of the midwest, I instantly fell in love with Kim’s channel. She has such a kind demeanor and a good voice for teaching (is that weird to say?). I also love that she’s a second year teacher, so she’s also still learning and using some of the experience she gained from her first year of teaching. Even though I’m not a teacher yet, I also have hardcore classroom envy. Her classroom is huge, and it looks so welcoming and cozy. I would love to teach in that classroom.
WanHappy Teacher is run by a second grade teacher named Janice. This is her ninth year of teaching, so obviously she has tons of knowledge nuggets packed into her videos. I loved watching her classroom setup videos because they were such an antithesis to other classroom setup videos I watched. Her classroom is very neutral and neat, and while I personally feel like my future classroom will look like a rainbow explosion, I love how beautiful her classroom looks. In addition to teaching vlogs, she also shares bits of her life outside of the classroom, and I love when TeacherTubers do that because it definitely humanizes them more. It also makes me happy to know that even though teaching will take up a huge chunk of my time, I know there will still be time for the fun stuff in my personal life.
Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?