Let’s face it, some people are just better at being organized than others. Our students are certainly proof of that, with some taking great pleasure in writing to-do lists and others mumbling homework excuses every single morning. A lot of the time educators attempt to solve these problems by incentivizing organization, offering neon-colored week-planner notebooks and rainbow fine-line pens, in hopes that learners will become excited about color-coding their notes and keeping their files in order. For us adults however, organizational tools lose their appeal all too quickly, often leaving us knee-deep in chaos and deadlines. In the second installment to our stress-free back-to-school series, we explore how Glogster can help you lay out your lesson plans, schedule and more, with enough colour and creativity to help you get excited about planning ahead!
One of the the most common yet awkward things a teacher can forget is the name of a student. While expecting to stare into a sea of beaming faces and instantly put a name to each of them is perhaps a little ambitious, the consequences of constantly mixing up your learners’ names can be distracting to the whole class, and often a knock to the confidence of the learner in question. Fortunately, a glog is a simple way to create a readily available cheat-sheet for all those awkward moments. Simply use the camera on your mobile device to photograph each learner, arrange the images into an approximation of your classroom’s seating arrangement, and write the full name of each learner underneath. For the first weeks of class, this simple tool will prove a lifesaver! Go one step further and avoid awkward mispronunciations by having each learner record a short audio clip of their own name alongside their photographs.
How many hours do you spend planning for every hour of teaching you do? My guess is a lot. Lesson planning can quickly become a real burden, especially when you have no clear way to set out a central idea and visualise a lesson around it. Fortunately, a glog will allow you to do just this, taking your ideas from an inspiration board to a fully-fledged plan of action. Start by using web-picker to find helpful photos, videos and text that relevant to your topic, and arranging them on your glog. When inspiration strikes, simply rearrange your media into a step-by-step plan for your lesson, adding textual or audio notes to yourself and links to important resources, as well as data attachments. Your glog will help you keep all your digital materials together, not to mention giving you a clear multi-media picture of your lesson on a groggy Monday morning!
Once you’ve got your lessons planned, it’s time to share the gift of organization and give parents and learners alike an idea of what’s been happening and what’s still ahead. A weekly glog newsletter can be embedded into or linked via a weekly email, and is sure to keep parents and learners communicating about school life. Include plenty of photos and videos of lessons and events to keep everyone excited about what will be featured each week, but intersperse the fun with important information about schedules, homework and ongoing assignments. This way your learners have no excuse not to be on the same page as you! To make matters even simpler, we’ve created some newsletter templates to kickstart your organization for the new school year!
Tune in next week for advice on introducing yourself to your new class with a glog, including plenty of beautiful examples nominated to Glogpedia by teachers around the world.