Perspective: Your Summer Assignment | Northern Public Radio: WNIJ and WNIU

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The countdown to the end of the school year is in full swing. Parents, teachers, and students have different options for desired outcomes from summer vacation.

Naturally, opinions differ on what the best possible summer looks like. In “normal times”, parents were looking to keep children busy, children were celebrating their release from the school routine, and teachers existed in a country between the year that had just ended and a new year to come.

But education has changed. There are new roles for the main actors. And because of the new rolls, summer must be different this year.

Teachers are essential, providing resources and guidelines for students and parents to understand the growth potential that self-directed summer offers.

Parents are called upon to connect with teachers and invest in age-appropriate experiences to support their child’s growth.

And students should be encouraged to explore a range of interests, sowing the seeds of their future education and vocation.

Summer is a break from the school routine. It cannot end the pursuit of lifelong learning that leads to a rich life. Now is the time to make a thoughtful plan for the summer. Now is the time to identify academic areas that can be strengthened. This is a time to learn more about the communities in which we operate and how our lives can impact the community. The countdown is not to leaving the classroom but to launching a summer of impact.

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