As May breaks into June, our talented teachers start to get excited about the rest and relaxation these hard-working individuals sorely deserve. Summer is a wonderful time for teachers, but there is one nagging caveat that can keep them up at night. The dreaded summer slide! Teachers cringe at the thought of having to spend three to four weeks in September teaching math and literacy skills that their new students learned in the previous school year, but were forgotten over the summer.
Summer slide: It sounds great, like a scene from our own childhoods. It sounds reminiscent of an endless succession of long, sunlit days on leafy playgrounds, and no schoolwork in sight for months. But in fact, while it may sound like a load of fun, the summer learning loss is no joke.