We’re all familiar with the “summer slide” — the academic losses that many young people, especially in low-income communities, experience during the time they’re out of school. And you can read more about it at The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”
I help many of my students, particularly English Language Learners (who tend to be a little more intrinsically motivated than some of my mainstream students who face different challenges), register for “virtual classrooms” at various sites that they can use and where I can receive regular reports on their progress.
I make arrangements with their teacher next year to give them extra credit for their summer work, and regularly send them encouraging emails or messages on Facebook based on the progress I see they’re making (or not making).
It worked well last year, and I’m doing it again. Here are two detailed posts I published late last spring giving details about the sites I used, and I’m adding a few more. You can find a wealth of these kinds of sites at The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress:
Let me know if you do anything similar and, if you do, what sites you use….