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Climbing UP the Summer Slide

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Yes-Climb-SlideEver hear of “summer slide”?  It’s a phenomena  that has been happening for …. well, forever.  It is the fact that student seem to lose a degree of their reading comprehension abilities, math skills and other content knowledge over the long summer break from school.  You can blame the scorch of the sun or the chlorine in the pool, or you can read the researchbehind why it happens, but the real question is what can you do to stop it? 

The answer is pretty simple, really.  Keep your child using those skills!  Even just a few minutes a day with a book or in math practice will do the trick  – and my parent blog can help!  Check the resources section for posts about lots of different programs, many of which are FREE, that you can use at home to keep your child from losing the progress he or she has made over the…

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Above The Line

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Change takes time.  I have to repeat those words to myself every single day.  We have come so far since we began our journey as a 1:1 school and transitioning our curriculum – closing reading deficiencies through differentiation, providing unlimited practice when it’s needed, using data to focus our instruction exactly where it needs to be, and so much more.  But I breathe a sigh of discouragement when I hear some of the comments from parents, teachers and students that indicate that we still haven’t fully shifted our thinking.

It has never really been about the tech.  

The devices are just a means to a bunch bigger end.  Yes, we need to give students experience with technology to prepare them for the world they live in and will work in.  Yes, we can use technology to make learning more engaging and efficient. But it’s really about using technology as the tool to…

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