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by Cortnie Gurren on May 16, 2019
You hear the final school bell ring and that can only mean one thing…It’s summertime. I can picture it now. Waking up late, drinking coffee until noon, taking beachside vacations, and spending that extra needed time with family and friends. Now, let’s face the facts, we’re teachers. That’s where our reality sets in. We may enjoy those things the first few weeks, but we can’t help our minds from beginning to plan for the upcoming school year, only a few short months away.
We all have heard of the summer slide, the academic regression experienced by students during the summer, which occurs for many of our students. We send home tips and tricks to parents and reinforce to students to keep reading throughout the summer months to better prepare them for the next grade. While this is all great: What about teachers? Do we experience the same slide during the summer months when we are not teaching every day? Here are some ways we can avoid our own summer slide.
Gather a few colleagues and create a summer book club. Think about the common struggles you face in the classroom and where you can enhance your own knowledge base. Create guiding questions to discuss after each chapter and turn those discussions into actions in your own classroom. One of my favorite books right now is, Visible Learning for Literacy, written by Fisher, D., Frey, N., Hattie, J. The authors, Fisher, Frey, & Hattie (2016) show you:
You may be thinking, a sound wall, what happened to the ever popular word wall? Here are a few facts behind this shift:
Here are a few examples of some letters that carry multiple sound spellings:
Now for the fun part, creating your new sound board. According to Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., literacy consultant and National LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer, sound walls should be set up by the articulation of speech sounds, starting with the sounds you make from the front of your mouth to the back of your throat. She also suggests adding articulation pictures next to each sound card so students can see the proper mouth formation when producing each sound. This leads me into the third way we can reduce the summer slide within ourselves.
What better time to continue our own education then during the summer months, when our plates are not as full with the day-to-day responsibilities of our classroom. Engage in an effective professional development course that furthers your learning in areas your students struggle with. This will not only enhance your own skills, but will have a positive impact on student achievement. Do you know what a phoneme is? Or a grapheme? Or even orthographic patterns? My confusion with all of these terms once had me questioning if I truly had the knowledge I needed to teach my students how to read. It wasn’t until I dedicated time to learn the science behind teaching children how to read that I felt confident I was providing all of my students with the proper strategies they needed to become proficient readers. Have you already been through a deep study of reading instruction? If so, look at opportunities beyond that, those that stretch your comfort level, since that is where change occurs.
As you embark on your summer learning, don’t forget to stop and fill your own bucket.
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Cortnie Gurren has worked in special education for more than a decade, beginning her teaching career with Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV. She joined Voyager Sopris Learning® four years ago as an implementation specialist, before moving into a sales role. She continues to share her passion for student and teacher success by ensuring both teachers and students are equipped with the necessary solutions to be successful. She is honored to still be a part of helping students achieve their goals and realize anything is possible. Cortnie is a “bonus” mom and resides in Colorado with her husband and 17-year-old step-daughter. As of late, she is spending her free time preparing her daughter for college. As Cortnie says, “Life is a continuous journey.”
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