Tips for Keeping up with Schoolwork in Summer

As both a teacher and a parent, it is undeniable that summertime is my favourite time of year. However, to go along with the fun times with my kids and the relaxing days spent outside, in past years I would also  experience a lot of guilt throughout the summer. I tended to feel guilty about not being as productive as I should be and about not preparing enough for teaching in the fall. But the thing I felt most guilty about was not making my kids keep up with school work during their time off.

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School Year-End Checklist


There is a common misconception amongst parents and students that when it comes to school, June is a write off. While I can’t argue that things definitely start to slow down during the last month of school, I still think that looking at June as a time-filler/killer isn’t the best habit to get into.

As students get older, the demands in June often get larger as they will soon begin to write exams and be required to complete year end assignments and projects. Quite often, these assessments are weighted quite heavily, so performing well on them is key to receiving a good grade. It is because of these increased expectations that I think its important that we don’t get into the habit of treating the month of June as a bridge to summer vacation.

Instead, June can be seen as a transitional period that allows students to look back and reflect on their school year while at the same time, look forward to next. As parents, we can help them to do this by providing some guidance and support in a few different areas.

1 – Help them to Reflect

Often times we start looking ahead way too quickly and forget about what our children have learned over the past ten months of school. While it is exciting to find out whose class your child will be in next year and which friends they’ll be with, we can’t forget to spend some time celebrating our child’s successes from the past year.

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Exam Prep for Success

With the end of the school year fast approaching, students all over the country are starting to dream of summer vacation and the extended reprieve from school. Unfortunately for them, the looming threat of final exams currently stand in their way. While it may be easy to pass these off as rites of passage that we all go through, there are things parents and families can do to support students during this time in order to build confidence, promote success, and reduce anxiety. Effective exam preparation doesn’t just have to be up to the student, we can all have a hand in the process.

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The Importance of Role Models

As part of the leadership program I teach, the grade 11/12 students in the class are required to spend time in a classroom at one of the 3 primary schools in our area. When I initially created this component of the course, I figured it would be a good way for the students to get some quality, albeit basic leadership experience. They’d get a chance to work with younger students twice a week, and as a reward, they’d get some solid material to add to their resume.

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