Clammy classrooms

Unless you have a newly built school, the chances are that it will be a problem keeping your pupils cool when the heat finally arrives. In this article Kate Burgess sets out some tips.

Clammy classrooms: how to cope this summer

With the summer holidays almost in touching distance, the temperature is rising, and classrooms are heating up! With these simple ideas, you’ll be able to get through your lessons without melting, and keep your pupils concentrating on learning, and not overheating!

Uniform policy
A huge number of secondary schools require their pupils to wear a tie and blazer at all times, in a bid to keep students looking smart and presentable. As the temperature rises, speak to your SLT about relaxing the uniform policy to allow for short sleeved shirts, top buttons undone and no blazers – in the classroom – to allow pupils to stay cool and concentrated whilst learning, before putting on their blazers and fixing their ties to leave the class at the end of lessons. Even if it’s just psychological, the process of unbuttoning a shirt can instantly make you feel cooler and more free, resulting in relaxed pupils and un-disrupted lessons.

Stay hydrated
Whilst some teachers are against eating and drinking in the classroom, keeping jugs of cold water, or having pupils bring water bottles to class can keep temperatures down, and ensure noone gets dehydrated or feels dizzy from the heat. Jugs of water may be a spillage hazard, but they’ll stop a stream of students from leaving the room to refill their bottles and waste time walking the corridors.

Windows and fans
Some people believe that open windows on hot days just lets more hot air in and adds to the feeling of a stifled classroom, but having a breeze flowing through the room can really bring down the temperature. On stale, stuffy days, use desk fans or AC units to keep cool if you can’t rely on the wind, and keep your classroom door open to create a through-draft. An added bonus of that is that your class have to stay quiet so as not to disturb other lessons, so you get some peace as well!

How do you keep your classroom cool in summer? Let us know your tips in the comments below:

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