The summer slide doesn’t have to be an obstacle
School’s out for summer! But learning doesn’t have to stop. By now, you’re probably familiar with the term “summer slide,” and with efforts to keep students engaged in learning experiences throughout the summer break.
Seventy-six percent of teachers have said it is “extremely important” to practice skills and keep learning over the summer, and 84 percent of teachers said that students forget or “lose” grade-level equivalency, skills, and knowledge over the summer.
But 90 percent of teachers note that if kids remain involved in learning during the summer months, they’ll see more academic success.
Classroom time would be more productive, too, because 85 percent of teachers said they spend two full weeks, and sometimes more, re-teaching and reviewing concepts they say students should have already learned.
(Next page: 7 ways to support summer learning)