Although the length of summer school continues to decrease due to lack of funds, it is necessary for many students.
If you took a poll everyone would rather be at the pool, however, there are ways to make summer school as valuable an experience as the regular school year can be—in fact, it can be a vital part of success come August.
Accentuate the positive
Sometimes teachers need a positive push to give up their pool time for summer school. The truth is that the students wouldn’t be there if they weren’t invested in their education. They like to learn.
There will be kids there who you haven’t had a chance to work with yet. Take a chance and connect with them as much as you can. You might see another perspective that could be valuable later in your career.
Focus on preparation for next year
Summer school is a great way to prepare for the coming school year. In the students’ case, make sure you sell them on the fact that they will see the summer content come August, giving them a leg up on their classmates. It’s also an opportunity to backtrack, bolstering skills that they might be struggling on without having the stigma of holding back their normal classes.
Focus on your preparation for next year
These might not be your kids. You might not even teach the courses being offered during summer school. But there is one positive: the class is probably smaller. Take this opportunity to experiment with differentiation and more personalized learning. Summer school programs often feature online components, so experiment with some blended learning as well.
There is no reason not to use the same engagement strategies in the summer that you would during the school year. Get to know the kids. Laugh and joke. Make an effort to connect. You might be the first teacher they have that actually gets to know them in a positive way. That can make a big difference in their future.
Another positive about summer school? Our huge clearance sale! Save on all the things you’ll need for the new school year.