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Hello Summer-Balancing the various needs of our students

     Our schools have six more days of school. Summer does not excite me as our school is a haven for students for many reasons.  As a teacher, I do not relish the approaching summer. I do not countdown the days. I, however, do look forward to the regenerative effects of a brief vacation for students and teachers. As parents, we would never post the number of days on our refrigerators until we were free of our children for a parents-only vacation. Imagine how that would make our children feel. I, often feel the same way about teachers posting a summer countdown on the board.

     Keeping in mind that summer can be problematic for students, I  create a summer environment where students can continue to communicate with their peers about school work. Why?  As an educator, I am aware of the summer slump. My AP students must continue to read and write over the summer. I create @Google classrooms for my AP Lit and AP Lang fall classes. We will read, write, and discuss during the summer months using Google Classroom and @Curriculet.  As a parent and teacher, I keep in mind all of the other AP assignments my students will have as I plan for our summer AP work. Our MS and HS students have reading lists as well.

     AP Language 2016 Summer assignments

     AP Literature 2016 Summer assignments

     Our Middle School teachers and our High School teachers across the district collaborated to determine the summer reading lists below.  We have found that our Pre-AP students need more options and our regular students need approachable options. These lists help provide the balance parents have requested.

     Middle School 2016 Reading list

     High School 2016 Reading list

Students who are avid readers, or desire more of a summer reading challenge can choose additional books from the Pre-AP Lexiled reading list below.
     Pre-AP Optional Reading list

     Many teachers and schools in more affluent communities are pressured into abstaining from summer assignments. As public schools become more and more diverse, we must learn to balance the various needs of our student populations.

    I welcome your thoughts.
Suzanne Rogers, M.Ed.
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