Teachers have always been a portion of the population to rise to meet any challenge. The current COVID-19 crisis may prove to be this generation’s great obstacle. What other group has found itself forced to convert to working and instructing others online within the time span of a few days? We adapt. We are flexible. And we will prove our value as we overcome this challenge. This is our time to shine.
Here at ReadTheory, we know that reading comprehension and reading English well is a skill that will continue to open doors throughout one’s life. While we provide thousands of worksheets comprehension exercises there is nothing like learning from peers and real-life experiences.
That’s why we opened our own Facebook group for English teachers. But, before we did that, we did some research on the best Facebook groups for English teachers so we could learn what makes them so popular and so helpful to their members.
Our research came up with 100+ groups that vary in size, quality and focus.
We then reached out to the best 40+ groups to ask them about their groups and what makes their group different. These groups are listed below. Listings include a background of the group, member count, and other important anecdotes. We’ve also organized the groups from largest to smallest so you can easily find a fit for your preference.
Did we miss a group that you’re a part of and really like? Let us know!
Worksheets PDF- English Teaching Resources
Member size: 271,168
Contact person/administrator: Free Teaching Resources Facebook page
About the group: Members can add resources and share sites, powerpoints, worksheets, videos, and more for other members to use and download.
What makes the group different? This is strictly a free resource, give and take, group. Members are not allowed to post self-promotion or links to untrustworthy sites.
Teachers of English
Member size: 214,711
Contact person/administrator: Kamal ElQuasem
About the group: The purpose of this group is to communicate with teachers of the English language and share experiences with other teachers all over the world.
MATERIALS FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
Member size: 124,779
Contact person/administrator: Vidal David Francisco
About the group: The group was created to share material with all teachers to improve practices in classrooms worldwide.
What makes the group different? Only educational material is allowed and admins encourage members to use a second language and teach others.
TEFL, TESOL & English Teachers: Resources & Jobs
Member size: 111,449
Contact person/administrator: Hasmik Petrosian
About the group: This group is for current and aspiring teachers of TESOL, TEFL, and English/ESL/EFL to share resources and information–but this is not a group for English learners.
What makes the group different? All posts must relate to the topic of the group–resources and information.
Amazing Educational Resources
Member size: 106,179
Contact person/administrator: Nick Hoover
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am an instructional coach at an elementary school in Dallas.
What got you to open the group? I opened the group in December because I saw a need for a group where teachers could share resources and give each other feedback on them. Obviously, my group has grown tremendously due to the whole country moving to distance learning.
What makes your group different from others? I think what makes my group different from other groups is that even as large as it has gotten, it still is just a group of teachers (and now parents with children at home) helping each other find resources during this stressful time.
ESL Teachers – Philippines
Member size: 103,828
Contact person/administrator: Oliver Geronilla
About this group: This group features posts relating to ESL teaching positions, resources, links, and best practices in teaching.
Member size: 90,384
Contact person/administrator: Primary Teaching Jobs
About the group: Membership is for Primary teachers who want to share resources, ideas, and relieve a little bit of stress!
What makes this group different: This group is one of the largest on Facebook for Primary school teachers.
Resources for English Teachers
Member size: 85,698
Contact person/administrator: Resources for English Teachers
About the group: Posts feature games, activities, lesson plans, worksheets, and other useful materials for English teachers. Linked resources are always free and available. Some non-ESL questions are OK if it also helps!
What makes this group different? Non-teacher members are welcome but are asked to refrain from posting anything that doesn’t directly relate to education or help teachers.
Resources for English Teachers
Member size: 77,855
Contact person/administrator: Cleber De Souza
About this group: This group is a collection of resources, tips, and ideas aggregated from all over the web.
Free Teacher Resources
Member size: 71,092
Contact person/administrator: Webucation
Tell us a bit about yourself: I have been in full time education for over 16 years. I have recently been working in China as a head IB PYP teacher with a wonderful school. Now, I teach class online from home where I am based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am an expat from England but have lived here for many years.
What got you to open the group? When I was in China the group initially started as a WeChat and that grew and grew. So myself and several colleagues decided to start this page as a go-to for the best free teacher resources you can find online. We post our resources in the Chinese WeChat group also.
I am the main admin and oversee most of it now and my colleagues help moderate the group.
What makes your group different from others? When our site is up we will be giving most of our resources away free, but there will be a section of great original content for sale at very modest prices.
English Teachers Resources
Member size: 59,748
Contact person/administrator: Oscar Alonso
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a Spanish and English teacher in Bogotá, Colombia and I work in a public school.
What got you to open the group? I wanted to share resources from and around the world.
What makes your group different from others? It is different because I don’t allow publications about other things, only English teacher resources.
Teaching Through the 2020 Pandemic
Member size: 55,270
Contact person/administrator: Kevin Bruno
About the group: This group is a safe space for teachers to adjust to remote teaching. It shares resources, materials, and best practices across subjects and grades.
ESL EFL Teachers/TEFL CELTA DELTA TESOL/Instructors Worldwide
Member size: 45,925
Contact person/administrator: ESL Teacher Recruitment
About this group: This group is for teachers, instructors, whatever across the globe to share advice, reviews, and other resources.
What makes this group different: Admins encourage sharing new and different things and to help others by spreading the word as far as possible.
Member size: 39,619
Contact person/administrator: Merridy Sampson
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a teacher in South Africa!
What got you to open the group? I opened the group because I was constantly searching for ideas and thought it would be good to have one group where I could post ideas for myself and my colleagues . I never thought that it would develop into what you see now. So many ideas being shared by teachers across the world all for the common goal of educating others and offering support to those who are in need in a very demanding, but gratifying, career.
What makes your group different from others? The group is not just for teaching English but any subjects commonly offered ( maths, P.E. , life skills, etc).
At times we share jokes or inspirational quotes to lighten the mood. I try not to allow advertising of jobs or selling of pricey materials and I sift through all ideas being shared.
Free Resources for English Teachers
Member size: 34,625
Contact person/administrator: Melchor Bernardo
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m an ESL teacher in Vietnam. I’m also an education blogger which I hope you all with kindly check out!
What got you to open the group? I created my FB group to provide a platform for English teachers to come together and share resources and learn from each other.
Not So Wimpy Second Grade [there are groups from second to fifth grade]
Member size: 34,449
Contact person/administrator: Jamie Sear
About the group(s): The Not So Wimpy groups share ideas and inspiration for teachers in the respective grades.
What makes this group different: Although business promotion is not normally allowed, exceptions are made when a member is seeking specific recommendations or resources.
Fearless First Grade Teachers: Education to the Core
Member size: 30,288
Contact person/administrator: Alanna Kazimer
About the group: The purpose of this group is to share what’s happening in member’s classrooms, activities they love, ask and receive advice, and share interesting articles and resources.
What’s different about this group: This group is focused on first grade teachers and education.
Member size: 24,715
Contact person/administrator: Brynn Allison
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a 6th grade ELA teacher, formerly a HS ELA teacher. My business, The Literary Maven, is selling teacher resources through TeachersPayTeachers. I have a blog by the same name where I review YA lit in addition to writing about teaching.
What got you to open the group? I decided to start the #2ndaryELA Twitter chat and Facebook group for secondary ELA teachers as a way to combat the frustration and isolation too many of us experience in teaching. Lisa Spangler (Mrs. Spangler in the Middle) and I met in another online group and she is now my co-host for the Twitter chat and co-admin of the Facebook group.
What makes your group different from others? What makes our group different from others is the size (we’re the largest ELA group out there that I’ve seen) and likely that is due to our commitment to quality posts within the group. We have a team of moderators who approve/decline posts in adherence to our group guidelines.
Fabulous Firsties: First Grade Teachers Group
Member size: 21,763
Contact person/administrator: Tonya Kipe
Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Tonya Kipe. I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at Lena Vista Elementary in Polk County, Florida. I’ve been teaching for 8 years. Outside of managing my group, I teach and I’m a mom.
What got you to open the group? My group was started out of a desire to help other teachers. I was in several groups that were run by teachers who created products and then sold them to members. While in one particular group I noticed a teacher that was panicked about not having plans and resources. I offered to share what I had and then another wanted me to share. The admin didn’t like that so she blocked me from the group. In response, Stephanie and I created the groups Fabulous Firsties and then Second and Striving and related curriculums. After sharing those curriculums (for free) to teachers looking for support I was blocked from two more Teacher Pay Teachers sellers groups. I don’t want teachers to have to pay for resources, so I share what I make for free, in my own groups. I’m not a guru or a top-notch creator, but I do hope that my resources save other teachers time and money.
What makes your group different from others? My groups are built on supporting each other for free and sharing without the expectation of monetary gain.
Online English with UK Teachers
Member size: 18,632
Contact person/administrator: Aggie McKenzie
About the group: This group is more like a study group. Members are welcome to ask questions about the English language and British/UK culture and life. Members are asked to use English only.
ESL Materials and Resources
Member size: 18,448
Contact person/administrator: Mukimu Online
About the group: This group is focused on the exchange of free and paid resources and information about teaching ESL to both kids and adults.
What makes this group different: Members share information about teaching to both adults and students–who often have very different learning styles.
Teachers resources, teaching tips, teaching articles
Member size: 17,821
Contact person/administrator: Teacher Tips
About the group: This group is for teachers only and members share tips and resources.
What makes this group different: Posts are only allowed in English.
Second Grade Smiles – 2nd Grade Teachers’ Group
Member size: 17,661
Contact person/administrator: Amanda Taylor
Tell us a bit about yourself: I was a second grade classroom teacher for ten years before moving into a literacy coaching position a few months ago. I also blog about primary education-related topics at secondgradesmiles.com and sell educational resources I have created on Teachers Pay Teachers. Along with all of that, I am a wife and a mother to a ten-month-old.
What got you to open the group? I started the Second Grade Smiles Second Grade Teacher’s Facebook Group as a place for teachers to connect, collaborate, and support one another. I used to receive a lot of questions about teaching and requests for advice through my Teachers Pay Teachers page and my TPT store’s Facebook Page. I loved talking with them, but I certainly didn’t have all the answers, so I started the group.
What makes your group different from others? The Facebook group allows teachers from around the world to come together and share ideas and words of encouragement, which is an amazing resource for teachers, and so much better than sharing my individual thoughts and advice! I am amazed and humbled by how large it has grown and all the fantastic collaboration that happens there every day.
All About 3rd Grade
Member size: 16,819
Contact person/administrator: Cassandra Hathaway
About the group: Members are third-grade teachers who share ideas, best practices, and strategies for the third-grade classroom.
What makes this group different: The group works to uplift members and encourages collaboration.
Online ESL Teachers – Group Support/Teaching Tips
Member size: 12,851
Contact person/administrator: Elaine Santos
Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Elaine, and I am a teacher mentor. I always dreamed of becoming a teacher and I come from a family of teachers. It goes without saying that I have immeasurable respect for teachers. I wanted to be part of the teaching community, so I went to school and learned about education, teaching methodologies, techniques and approaches, psychology, sociology, linguistics, written and oral discourse, and much more.
What got you to open the group? When I started as an online teacher, I had to learn things by myself and back then there was not a lot of information or support online. So I decided to help teachers around the world to get started on online teaching and created this Facebook group. The group is a way to help newbies or aspiring online teachers.
What makes your group different from others? This group focuses on support and information for online teaching.
Teaching Ideas and Reaching Resources
Member size: 11,724
Contact person/administrator: Rebekah Bullen
Tell us a bit about yourself: The group was set up by a few teacher authors and I run a company called LittleStreams. We sell math resources to teachers and parents.
What got you to open the group? We set it up for teacher authors to have a place where they can openly promote themselves.
What makes your group different from others? As a lot of groups (including many other groups I run) don’t allow self promotion, but we do!
TESL (Teaching English As A Second Language)
Member size: 11,600
Contact person/administrator: Multiple
About this group: This group is for teachers and researchers of ESL and EFL. This group is not a resource for people or students learning English. The group is a place for sharing and helping industry professionals by exchanging information, knowledge, and experiences.
Middle School ELA Teachers Community for Grades 6-7-8
Member size: 8,791
Contact person/administrator: Laura Kebart
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m Laura Kebart, M.Ed., host of the Middle School ELA Teachers FB Group for teachers of grades 6 – 8. I have 20 years of experience in education as a high school and middle school teacher and instructional coach.
What got you to open the group? I wasn’t seeing anything like it in the online space for teachers. There was no place where teachers could go to get not just instructional support, but also begin to build a belief around not spending hours and hours, every night, and all weekend long trying to “catch up”. I created the group to support both parts of being a teacher: engaging instructional strategies and learning how to say no and set boundaries for a healthy, balanced life beyond the classroom.
What makes your group different from others? What makes our group unique from any other community in the education space is that while we do share incredible teaching strategies, we also believe that we should “live life first, then teach.” Our families and our own health come first. We share our teacher lifestyle, engaging instructional ideas, teaching strategies, and more in support of each other (we also laugh, drink wine, and have fun)! But most importantly, we strive to leave work at work, and to build healthy boundaries that create time and space for our families and for our personal lives.
Third Grade Teacher Gab Group
Member size: 7,894
Contact person/administrator: The Weekly Sprinkle
About the group: This group does not allow advertising and is a place for third grade teachers to share, vent, and seek advice from one another.
Sixth Grade Teacher Family
Member size: 7,079
Contact person/administrator: Megan Pellatz
About the group: Members of this group support one another by sharing teaching ideas, asking questions, and inspiring others.
What makes this group different: This group is for teachers only and does not approve members who are not educators.
High School ELA Teachers Support Group
Member size: 6,768
Contact person/administrator: Erin Madigan Carknard
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a public school teacher and I teach special education English for grades 9-11.
What got you to open the group? I created the group because I saw a need for high school English teachers. A lot of previous existing groups focused on all grade levels or included much younger audiences [like students]. I wanted a space that was specifically for teachers of high school-age students.
What makes your group different from others? I don’t overly manage the group. I allow teachers to vent and share memes. I only delete posts or comments if they are unkind or spammy. I’m really protective of my group and don’t want it to be full of advertisements. Nor do I want teachers to be afraid of ramifications from the admin, so I’m very considerate about who I allow in the group.
3rd Grade Teachers
Member size: 6,590
Contact person/administrator: Stacey Bivens Nelson
About the group: This group is a place for third grade teachers to share ideas about best practices and strategies and to use one another as resources.
ELA in the Middle 6-8
Member size: 6,390
Contact person/administrator: Amy Stanley
Tell us a bit about yourself: Simply, I am a mom and a teacher. My two boys are 5 and 15, so they keep me pretty busy. I am also a 7th grade Language Arts teacher of 5 years. Prior to that, I taught elementary for 15 years.
What got you to open the group? I have always been a believer that we, as teachers, are the best resource we have. I’ve gotten my best and most effective ideas from other teachers. I wanted to create a group that was solely focused on ELA content to support every teacher whether it be for a gifted class, inclusion class, reading interventionist, IEP goals, enrichment, remediation, etc.
What makes your group different from others? I’m not sure that it is all that different from others. I like to think of us as an additional resource. One thing I have realized as an educator is that you can never have too many resources. Teachers are busy. At the end of the day, we just want activity suggestions, links to resources, advice on how to teach a standard, etc. Our group really does try to keep the group focused on ELA topics to help foster the positive exchange of ideas.
6th Grade ELA Teachers
Member size: 4,742
Contact person/administrator: Lara Thomason
About the group: This group focuses on ideas, activities, and resources focused on the sixth grade.
Teachers Selling Resources UK
Member size: 4,339
Contact person/administrator: Georgia Sim
About the group: This group is for teachers and student teachers looking to buy or sell toys, games, books, and other resources. Members are also encouraged to ask for advice and recommendations.
What makes this group different: This group more of a sell, buy, swap group for teachers materials and resources.
Teachers of ELA
Member size: 3,932
Contact person/administrator: Dee Dougherty Mitchell
About this group: This group is for Language Arts teachers to share ideas and resources.
Remote Teaching Resource Group
Member size: 3,824
Contact person/administrator: Rachel Wyatt
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a middle/high school math and science teacher specializing in physics instruction. I currently teach 7th grade math and science at a private school in Alabama. I also work as a curriculum editor and writer for Advantage4Teens.com. I often do science activities at home with my 3 and 6 year old boys.
What got you to open the group? When schools began to close due to COVID-19, I wanted to help out families by providing ideas for at-home science activities. Many websites exist with excellent content, but my goal is to offer a daily activity aligned with a weekly theme (last week was water, this week air) that can be done with materials most people already have in their homes. I’m also trying to select activities that can be scaled up or down in complexity to cover preschool through middle school.
3rd Grade Teacher Rock Stars
Member size: 3,070
Contact person/administrator: Mr. Mault’s Marketplace
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m Dan Mault. I run Mr. Mault’s Marketplace on TeachersPayTeachers (TPT). I’m also a Technology Integrator in my school district in Western New York after being in the classroom 12 years between 3rd and 4th grade. Outside of the group I manage my TPT store and another company I created, Bougie Socks, while working full time.
What got you to open the group? I opened the group as a resource to help and unite third grade teachers with common issues and problems. It’s an organic, open dialogue of commonalities between 3rd grade teachers while recognizing how they’re the rock stars of their field.
What makes your group different from others? Being a 3rd grade teacher for most of my career I believe myself and other teachers have a lot to offer by joining together to share ideas.
Middle School Mania ELA Teachers
Member size: 1,738
Contact person/administrator: Amanda Woodruff Clope
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a former middle school and high school English teacher and I am currently a high school media specialist. I am working on my Ed.D in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment at Walden University and I am an online tutor at tutor.com in the areas of reading and English.
What got you to open the group? I created the group in July 2017 because not many groups dedicated to middle school existed, then, on Facebook. Middle school is an important time in students’ lives and I wanted to ensure teachers had access to resources and other teachers who understood their needs and could offer the support they desired while teaching our middles.
What makes your group different from others? For the above reasons, Middle School Mania is different and it offers a close knit community for teachers to seek advice when/if they need it.
Fourth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teachers
Member size: 928
Contact person/administrator: Kat Brady-Shea
About the group: The group was created for ELA and Social Studies teachers in the fourth grade. It’s goal is for members to share ideas, ask for advice, and support one another.
What’s different about this group: Administrators read every post and respond to ensure members are engaged and feel valued.
ELA Teacher Talk
Member size: 318
Contact person/administrator: Christy Bailey McManus Tell us a bit about yourself: The goal of this group is to make better professionals by sharing tips, experiences, and ELA materials. By taking the best of what each member offers this group betters educators and thus, students.
ReadTheory’s Facebook group
Inspired by the abovementioned groups, ReadTheory recently started its own Facebook group: Remote Teaching for English Teachers. It already has more than 185 members sharing great content and tips.
ReadTheory’s community members are already sharing great content with their colleagues through our website/blog and webinars. This group is a great place to advise with other ReadTheory users and share your expertise.
This group is also where we will post our future webinars and blog posts, helping teachers to overcome the challenges in transitioning to digital classes.