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The dreaded summer slide and how to tackle it

from Education World

It's a safe assumption that nearly all students enjoy the break from homework and test taking that summer brings. It's also during this roughly two-month vacation that learning retention starts to slip. The result is that teachers generally have to spend the first month or so at the beginning of the school year bringing students back up to speed on previously covered material. Some 66 percent of teachers said that they have to help their students get caught back up at the beginning of the year, according to a survey conducted by the National Summer Learning Association. Reading, spelling and math skills are generally the subjects most affected during the long break. more


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