By Teachers, For Teachers
Putting your blood, tears and sweat into teaching takes on whole new meaning during steamy summer months.
With the recent heat waves, schools with air conditioning are still warm and those without it are just plain unbearable.
Whenever possible, let the bright summer sun light your classroom rather than extra heat-inducing bulbs. As a bonus, you’ll win major green points for saving electricity.
Stay Cool in Style
Break out those cute skirts, dresses and light layers. Though you should make sure those skirts fall below the knee (both for propriety and to avoid sticking to your chair).
Expel Hot Air
Put a fan facing out the window. Despite the temptation to point the fan in your direction, this tactic should expel the hot air from the classroom and letting fresh air circulate inside the classroom.
Put a Chill in Your Lessons
Try taking the mind over matter approach to beat the heat AND beef up your curriculum.
H2O to the Rescue
Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol, sugar and caffeine will keep your body from reacting to the heat.
Keep a little misting fan handy to cool you off and to walk to the room keeping students alert.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Speaking of sweat, load up on deodorant, keep a spray can or two in the classroom and encourage your students to use as needed. You may not feel much cooler, but the “atmosphere” in your classroom will certainly be more pleasant.
A science teacher once told me that hot air rises and cold air sinks. Try sitting on the floor in a circle with your student.
Reward yourself and your students with cooling breaks.
For a quick fix, run cold water over your wrist or a damp cloth on the back of your neck.
The Great Outdoors
It may still be hot, but it certainly won’t be as stifling as your classroom packed with thirty drowsy, melting students.
Ed Tech Cool Down
Visit the computer lab as often as possible. Since apparently computers deserve to stay cool more than you do, you can at least visit their frigid headquarters with your class.
Alternatively, go low tech in the classroom. If your equipment at school is anything like mine, it gets pretty hot pretty quickly.
Tap into the Tropical Theme
Embrace the tropic climate with a classroom luau. A few ideas:
Turn Discipline into Air Conditioning
Misbehaving students? Instead of handing out detentions, hand your trouble-makers a fan and bask in the satisfying breeze of their punishment.
Don't need these tips because your school has awesome air conditioning? Congrats!! Be sure to keep your complaints about the sweater you need indoors to a minimum in case your boiling comrades overhear. Nobody likes a bragger.
How do you stay cool in your classroom? Share in the comments section!