Avoiding the Summer Slide
This month’s Best Practice comes from our Director of Professional Development and Client Support, Jeanne Pascon, M.Ed.
Looking to avoid that “Summer Slide” for your students? Look no further than Renzulli Learning for engaging, enriching ideas! Students can “Type I” explore the Enrichment Activities Database on their own or you can use the “Summer… Stop the Slide” Assignment Templates to send out work to them before you grab your flip-flops and run off to your own summer adventures!
As a teacher, you can decide to take this to whatever level you are comfortable with. If you are a Gifted and Talented teacher who will work with the same kids next year, this is a fabulous way to stay connected over the summer. If you are a grade level teacher, you can consider whether you want to stay connected to your current students or if it’s time to transition the classes over so that you can get to know next year’s kiddos and hit the ground running in the fall! They can stay connected to you AND also select next year’s teacher if you want them to. There is no wrong way to approach this – be creative!
You might simply suggest to students that they continue “Type I” exploring the Renzulli Learning Enrichment Database for interesting activities and reading based on their Profile results, or by searching for various topics. Taking it a step further, you might suggest topics they should search for and/or request that they submit reflections to you throughout the summer in their Renzulli Learning Journal. You will be able to comment back to them – if you want to, that is!
How about suggesting they try a Type III Independent Investigation using the Wizard Project Maker to organize their research? They can start with a blank slate and design their own inquiry-based investigation or get a head start by utilizing one of the Renzulli Learning Super Starter Projects, available in a wide variety of topics and for every interest area.
If you want to be more specific in their requirements, you can check out the many Assignment Templates for “Summer… Stop the Slide!” Assignment Templates give you the ability to distribute to your students electronically for completion. Watch the video above for instructions on how to access the Assignment Templates as well as examples of the above suggestions.
Encourage parental involvement by having parents set up their own accounts in the Parent Portal. Visit the Teacher Site, Resources tab and locate Partnering with Parents for the customizable Summer Letter and Parent Quickstart Registration Directions. If you have not yet sent home Student Profiles to parents, this is a great time to do so!
Whichever level you take it to, you will be providing your students with the opportunity to practice and apply their learning throughout the summer, reducing the tendency to “Summer Slide!” Please share what your students are doing this summer using #stopthesummerslide and tag @RenzulliLearn!
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For more on Summer Slide, see: PBS Nova: How to Minimize Summer Slide
Requesting Best Practices!
Are you a Renzulli Learning super-user-teacher? We’d love to share your Best Practices with other Renzulli Teachers! Please send an email to our Director of Professional Development, Jeanne Pascon, at [email protected] with a paragraph or two, a photo or video if you’d like (with parental permission for students shown), and any applicable links to content or products created.