This website was designed to explain why Summer matters to the learning potential of our students and also provides opportunities to get the students involved with purposeful activities that will ensure that learning is not lost over the course of the summer. These activities allow the students to be actively engaged and have fun so that it does not feel like a chore to learn over the summer.
If you have been thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of implementing year-round schooling in your school system, this is a good video to watch to get some basic information to make a more educated decision. One big push behind it is to ensure that students do not suffer so much educational loss over a 2-3 month span of summer break. Check it out and see what your thoughts are.
This is a great website as it succinctly breaks down what the loss of learning of the summer can impact but it goes one step further. Not only does it provide the drawbacks of not being intellectually engaged over the summer but it also provides some strategies of quick and easy ways to ensure that students find ways to be more productive over the summer. As teachers, we see the impact of summer loss every start of school so we have to combat it as best as possible.
What I simply love about this image is that we as teachers can easily encourage our parents to do this simple task for the summer. Many times, unless the students are in summer camp, summer enrichment, or sports, summer is free time with no structure. Just implementing some time everyday to keep the students' minds thinking will help to prevent summer loss.
Not only is it important to get student buy in for making the summer more productive, but we as teachers must also get the parents to become our strongest ally in the home. I love this video as it is quite scalable and can be configured to fit each grade and all parts of the nation. This gives the families information to show them the importance of making the summer count and just how easy and fun it can be.