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Avoid the Summer Slide – Teacher Edition


School is almost out for summer. A big concern in schools around the world is that this time off often results in a loss of learning for students. In efforts to ensure students maintain all knowledge gained from the school year, teachers assign academic projects to be completed during their summer break. These projects spiral skills and help students remain academically sharp.

However, a concern that is rarely discussed is the summer slide for teachers. Many educators spend the summer with family and friends, completely unplugged from the profession. Although this is very healthy to an extent, not engaging with other educators and/or educational content for months produces the same results that educators themselves try to avoid with their students. We need to keep our skill sets sharp too!

Below are some tips to avoid the summer slide for teachers:

  1. Read something related to your field of expertise for every non-education related book or article you read
  2. Engage on social media with educators around the globe for instructional and/or classroom decor ideas daily
  3. Research one current best practice you plan to implement in the coming school year
  4. Listen to educational podcasts or books on tape for ideas and inspiration once a week
  5. Make a to-do list for back to school and revise it monthly


What tip would you add to this list for teachers to avoid their own summer slide?

About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.