Following A Simple Schedule
You definitely need a schedule for your summer school day but let’s not get overly complicated. Keep it simple. Do a few rotations of small groups of students. Switch between working with you, working with a para, break time, or independent work. I still recommend breaking down your class into small groups. To me, working with a large group of students all at different levels is always more challenging and less efficient so some small group instruction will be helpful.
Working on Skill Maintenance and Generalization
Summer school is ALL about making sure everything your students learned throughout the school year stays put! We are talking about skill maintenance. We want to ensure that our teaching is long lasting. Sometimes that big ole’ long summer break can be too much time away from practice learned skill. ESY is Extended School Year so we can really think of it as an extension of all that learning!
Summer school to me is also about generalization. Last month, we focused on skill generalization by “taking it away from the table.” We talked about ways to incorporate effective instruction and skill practice into cooking, community based instruction, games, and art. Continue that on into the summer environment. Work on skill generalization. See if the concepts your students have mastered can be applied to the real world.
Yes, you can have a goal to have fun. It is summer after all. Loosen up the reigns a bit and make sure you kids have a good time. Play games, go the park, cooking, bring in some ice cream. You need it and so do they!