I have read lots of comments about people not having air conditioning in schools when they were growing up and I admit, I too, was one of those students. I also remember going back to school after Labor Day and getting out of school by the middle of June. While temperatures can still be hot at this time, they normally don't stay that way for days on end.
This week the lowest temperature in my classroom was 83 degrees but hung at a steady 88-89 degrees most of the afternoons (and that's with four fans on). There's nothing like a classroom filled with sweaty adolescence. Now, I know it gets hot in Chicago in August, but if Rahm didn't change the calendar to start this early, we'd have a much better chance of keeping things cool in the classrooms. Just look at the forecast following Labor Day.
I kept hearing on TV that the schools had a cooling plan, so I had to inquire about that when I got to work. The cooling plan was as follows:
- Open all your windows
- Open classroom door to get a breeze
- Close all your blinds
- Close your classroom lights
First off, I can't believe someone created that plan. Secondly, did you ever see a classroom with all the lights off and all the blinds closed.? There's not much learning going on if you can't see. So, I decided to be like Motel 6 and I left the lights on for the children. I also closed the blinds...well, the few that actually work!
We survived...the week is over...and Labor Day weekend is here!
Now it is time to...
CELEBRATE AND ENJOY!