Summer is here. And if you have just finished school you truly need a break. Great. Take a short one then build a plan to stay smart and keep learning over the summer.
Before I show you some alarming statistics about what we loose during the summer when we don’t intentionally keep learning and thinking, think about this.
School is getting you ready for life.
That means that much of what you learn is to learn how to think and process in your big complicated world. We are in an intellectual economy – that means more and more of today’s jobs are thinking jobs – jobs that need you to develop very particular skills and to be very aware of your talents and strengths. Because of this, don’t let some of these alarming statistics happen to you over the summer.
This Happens If You Don’t Keep Learning
- Research over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
- Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
- Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.
Okay, the research supports that kids lose ground in the summer IF they don’t do some things to keep learning and developing. This doesn’t have to be torture or to feel like you are back in school.
Ways To Keep Learning All Summer
- Find something you are really interested in or passionate about and commit to being an expert in it over your summer.
- Look at the requirements of the reading for the next grade – get one or two of the books and read them over the summer. Think how this will advance you when you start and how to impress your teachers.
- Create a reading goal for yourself for the summer. Partner up with someone who is also committed. NOTE: Choose things you like to read – there is every kind of genre available – go browse and find what you like. Liking your content helps make reading easier.
- Start thinking about the careers or life directions that appeal to you. Investigate them to know more about them and the way to advance in them. This gives you an edge.
The purpose of school is to help you develop the ability to be ready for life. Schools give you some guidelines – you have to do the work. Why not use your summer to find out what you love, get better at what you love, develop skills that will help you in life and keep reading (because reading will always open up the world for you). You choose how you use your summer. Don’t slide backwards. Stay smart – keep learning.
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