Tips for a Smooth Transition to Summer School

Mar 27, 2024
Shutterstock 1937721487 1

As educators prepare for the transition to summer school, ensuring a smooth and effective shift becomes a priority. With the change in pace and atmosphere, it's crucial to establish strategies that facilitate a seamless transition for both students and teachers alike. As you plan for your upcoming summer school program, consider the following:

Develop a Consistent Daily Routine

In the tight schedule of a summer school environment, a student wondering what they are supposed to be doing is not making progress. Establish a hard-and-fast routine early in the summer period and stick to it so you can avoid confusion, ambiguity, and wasted time. Encourage your students to use organizers or planners so they can stay on top of their day-to-day tasks and weekly assignments.

Kick Things Off With Formative Assessment 

Formative assessment is a powerful tool for gauging students' understanding and identifying areas where they may need additional support. By conducting formative assessments at the beginning of summer school, you can gain valuable insights into your students' prior knowledge, skills, and misconceptions. This information allows you to tailor your instruction to meet the specific needs of your students and differentiate learning experiences accordingly.

Consider using a variety of formative assessment strategies, such as pre-assessments, entrance tickets, or diagnostic quizzes, to gather data on students' strengths and weaknesses in key content areas. Analyze the results of these assessments to identify common patterns or areas of struggle among your students, and use this information to inform your lesson planning and instructional decisions. These tips to improve student achievement with formative assessment at any grade can provide more ideas and information.

Plan Community Connection Time

Take time to nurture your classroom community. Even if you and your summer students will only be together a few weeks, building a strong sense of community and connection in your classroom is well worth the effort and enables students to comfortably enter academic learning. Looking for ideas to get started? Consider implementing icebreaker activities, team-building exercises, and collaborative projects that encourage students to interact with one another and establish meaningful relationships. Providing opportunities for students to share their experiences, interests, and goals can also help create a sense of belonging and camaraderie within the classroom.

Don't Forget About Fun

Many students are less than thrilled to be spending their summer vacation in the classroom, so make sure to keep them excited and motivated throughout the program. Set goals and celebrate when your students achieve them. Plan fun activities for students during the day or once per week to avoid burnout in the classroom. After all, it is still the summer break for your students.

Utilize the Science of Timing

Have you ever noticed that, during certain times of the day, your classroom is buzzing, students are working diligently, and everyone is getting along, while during other times of the day, things are a bit chaotic, and you find yourself having to constantly correct behavior and refocus attention? Turns out, there are scientific reasons behind why this happens. Check out these tips to optimize student performance in your summer session through the science of timing.

For more ideas on how to boost summer school engagement, check out this article for 5 ways to keep students on track during summer sessions.

Get the latest education insights sent directly to your inbox

Subscribe to our Knowledge Articles