It won’t be long until our students (and us) will enjoy a long summer vacation. Sand, sea, sleep-ins and more time with the family. Sounds great!
In the UK (Wales, England and Northern Ireland), schools will close around mid-late July and reopen in early September. In America, the summer holiday is much longer. Take New York, for example: Schools there will have their last day on June 26th, with students returning on September 5th.
Some teachers and parents would say that young people need this summer vacation to rest, have fun and basically enjoy being a kid. Others would say it’s too long to be away from school work entirely, and some learning should still be taking place.
I say that it all depends on the age and needs of the individual students.
Start planning now!
During this article, I hope to convince you that the summer vacation can be used to our advantage. Effective teachers have used the summer vacation for decades to act as a ‘buffer’ – a chance for slower students to catch up; for able, gifted and talented students to be pushed even more; and generally for getting a little more material covered so that the new academic year can start a little bit ahead.
However, in order for me and you to effectively make use of the summer vacation (so that our students benefit), we must start planning now!
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