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Over here at Glogster HQ, summer is reaching extreme temperatures, making poolside relaxation with a cold drink more tempting than ever, and fretting about September’s impending challenges seem almost impossible. However, taking a look at our recent Glogpedia nominations, we have to admit that many educators already have their minds firmly on the next school year – glogs on lesson planning, note taking and educational psychology have been popping up more frequently than ever before, giving us some great insight into the passion and drive of Glogster educators. While we fully endorse a well-deserved summer break for our hard-working family of teachers, we accept that you can’t always switch of the teaching side of your brain. So, whether you are facing September with excitement, trepidation, denial or a mix of all three, these spectacular PD glogs will keep your teaching minds sharp and put your summer minds at ease! Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.54.17 PMThis glog is an introduction to a popular method of promoting discipline and socio-emotional awareness in your class or throughout the entire school. The glog includes an instructional video from the program’s founder, a diagram demonstrating the four key areas of conscious discipline, and some helpful analysis from a Glogster educator. If you are looking for some new ways to structure class discipline and nurture positive attitudes next year, take a look – you may find the conscious discipline works for you! Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.53.21 PMOur next glog lays out a perennial hot topic – the pros and cons of standardized teaching and testing. While the glog is an impartial resource, leaving readers to make their own informed opinions, it includes videos, diagrams and links to articles that explore the issue in-depth. Whether your school has recently switched its mode of instruction, you feel that it ought to, or you simply want to be up-to-date with both sides of the argument, this material makes for some thought-provoking summer reading and viewing. Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.52.32 PMThis glog offers advice on the art of note-taking – always a useful subject for us to brush up on ourselves, as well as sharing with learners. The pros and cons of this life-long skill are documented here, as well as some options for different note-taking formats and an examination of how the digital era has changed note-taking protocol. The video explaining the traditional Cornell note-taking method is sure to be a hit with older learners looking for ways to organize their thoughts. Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.51.31 PMThe next subject is one very close to our hearts – the integration of Web 2.0 in classrooms. Not only does the resource use Glogster graphics to create a streamlined, tech-centric theme, it is also packed with tips and recommendations for using interactive technologies to bring out the best in classes of all ages and abilities. Don’t miss the charmingly illustrated video introduction to social media tools! Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 5.50.12 PMLast but certainly not least, here’s one for the pre-school educators! Teaching young learners can be as much of a struggle as it is a pleasure, but this multi-sensory lesson plan has got your first lesson of the year mapped out for you, complete with songs, vocabulary, physical response activities and a repetitive yet enjoyable structure to ensure fast learning. If you’re stuck for some time-fillers or need an entire lesson on short notice, this resource could be a life-saver! We hope that you are as impressed as we are with the quality of PD resources being created by educators, for educators, across the globe. If you’re inspired by something here, why not give a little back by creating your own PD glog, including lesson plans, some tips and tricks, or a teaching subject close to your heart? Share your wisdom with us on Twitter and Facebook, and by nominating your creations to Glogpedia. And don’t forget to download our mobile application, so you can relax by the pool and browse Glogpedia resources at the same time!

Written by Alicia Lewis

Written by Alicia Lewis

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