Let’s compare a classroom to a ship. There are about 20 passengers (the students) and usually only 1 captain (the teacher). The ship is small and modestly equipped, often requiring the captain to be creative with problem solving in order to keep the ship afloat. It sets sail in late August and arrives at its destination early next June with only a few short stops to provide breaks from the sea.
As the teacher and captain of the classroom, it is your job to make sure that over the course of this journey you are steering your students (or your passengers) through experiences that will help them master the right level of skills and techniques they need to survive their life of learning…their life on a sea of knowledge. The problem that many teachers face is that their students often forget some important skills they learned throughout the school year during the summer break. As this research states, math and reading are two of the subjects where skill-loss is greatest, along with spelling. Children from low socioeconomic status families are impacted the greatest, often suffering 1-3 months of learning loss.
“For disadvantaged students, reading scores were disproportionately affected and the achievement gap between rich and poor widened.” -- Professor Harris Cooper, Duke University Professor
So what is the secret to skill retention during the summer slump? ...