Every year, math teachers must contend with “summer slide,” or the annual forgetting of math knowledge that happens away from school. On average, students forget around 2.6 months worth of math skills every summer, a number that is worse than in reading and exacerbated in districts with a lower socioeconomic status.
With the additional weeks of lost learning in the spring, students will need extra support this fall. Luckily, there are tools you can use to address this early in the year and get your students not only back on track, but also primed for yearlong success.
Try These 4 Tips to Combat Summer Slide
1. Extend math learning beyond school hours
This tip doesn’t mean giving students more homework; it means thinking about how students’ interests and activities outside of school can keep them flexing their math brains. For example, if a student likes playing video games, facilitate a math project that requires collecting data or creating charts about a game they like to play. Or, if a student likes to help their family with cooking, encourage the family to talk about measurements, fractions, and ratios when cooking.