Tuesday, 03 February 2009 | 3 Comments
It’s a new school year. This post, therefore, should be full of optimism and goals. But, please indulge me in a short whine.
It’s hot, ridiculously hot.
My classroom has a wall of windows facing north-east, it gets the full heat of the sun during the day.
The only windows that face outside are on the same wall. Cross breeze is only possible through opening the door on the opposite side of the classroom which faces into a corridor (so you also have to open windows in the corridor), and even then, there’s not really a cross breeze.
There are a couple of problems with opening the windows though.
There are vertical blinds on the windows, with several blinds missing due to breakages. Opening the windows causes the blinds to flap and whack students in the head, so I clip them together which means sunlight enters the room making it hotter.
The other problem with opening the windows is that wasps like to nest outside my classroom. So, once you open the windows, a wasp will occasionally wander into the classroom – pretty much destroying the lesson.
In this poor environment, we expect students to learn.
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