Retaining Knowledge through the Summer

My kids come to me in the fall remembering very little from the previous year. We spent three days on nouns at the beginning of the year. Three days! In 9th grade!

Who knows what our students, especially those in urban settings like mine, go through during the summer. As a school, we have tried to brainstorm ways to keep our kids engaged during the summer months. However, these activities are a lot of talk with little action behind them at the moment.

What strategies have you used or heard of to keep kids engaged through the summer and retain the knowledge and skills they need for the next grade?

Last Day

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I made a mistake. But, there are good and bad sides to it.

I have the awesome opportunity to teach overseas this summer. I have been super excited about this and I still am. However, it’s just now settling in that I’ll actually be WORKING during that time – and working a lot… I realized that I’m not really going to have a chance to “stop” before starting school next year.

I realized that I’m not really going to have a chance to “stop” before starting school next year.

Today is our last day of school. Before I even leave the country, I’m going to be doing some volunteer work and helping my friend run a camp for junior and senior high students. I’ve realized that I may have overcommitted myself a little bit and I’m worried about burning out during the summer, only to come back to a brand new school year.

What tips and tricks do you have for balancing your summer and school year out so as not to get burned out?