Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/12/16 ~ 1st Grade News

Link for 1st Grade News

It's been a tough start to the school year.  The combination of temperatures in the high 80s and 90s and oppressive humidity had an adverse effect on student learning.  Student headaches, lethargy, spilled water bottles on learning materials and books that are falling apart are a few things that have disrupted and delayed learning.  

When I arrived home one evening last week, I was horrified to realize the temperature in my attached garage was cooler than my school building.  You have to do we expect students to learn in these conditions?  

And although we appreciate the current technology in our classrooms, it further elevates temperatures - SMART Board projectors, iPad charging carts, Netbooks and chargers, and teacher desktop computer.  The lone wall-mounted fan doesn't reach half the student seats or the large group carpet instruction area so it's impossible to provide relief for these little learners.

On the other hand, thankfully the parents in my classroom have been absolutely wonderful with providing water bottles and healthy snacks.  A few families even surprised students with popsicle treats for all.  I am frustrated by the lack of efforts to improve building temperatures for our elementary school students, but grateful to the loving families who send their kids off to school with supplies to improve learning.

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