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Summer Loss

Summer is over...school is about to begin. What do we face...besides students who are not at the level they were when the summer began?

The multiple research studies are conclusive: "On average, all students regardless of socio-economic status, lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation over the summer months. Researchers speculate that summer learning losses in mathematics are similar among lower and middle-income students because all students are less likely to practice math skills outside the formal classroom setting." (John Hopkins)

Let me issue a challenge to all of you grade 6-9 teachers...can you start with some new topics this year, such as probability or geometry? That is, avoid starting with the standard aspects of "number," and then you can integrate in the review of lost skills along the way? It can be done successfully..and is much more interesting for students!