I teach two kindergarten classes at a Title I school. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and for many Kindergarten is their first exposure to English and a classroom setting. My students speak English, Spanish, Chinese, Chuukese, Urdu, and Marshallese. Many of my students come from limited English proficiency homes, and half of them come from very low socioeconomic backgrounds.
My students need concrete and hands-on experiences so they can experience things for themselves in order to build up both their experience and language bases.
They need to be able to interact with one another and work together to experience early success that will give them the confidence for great achievements for the remainder of their school career.
With school starting in mid-August, temperatures in our area soar into the high 90’s and low 100’s. Our school is more than fifty years old, and the cooling system is quite antiquated. The cool air is pushed through the ceiling at the opposite end of the building from our classroom, and by the time it reaches us there just isn’t much cool air that comes out.
My students are noticeably more engaged in their work and less disruptive of their peers when they are able to have their basic needs met, such as having cool air to refresh them on hot days.
Having a way to control the temperature in our room will help motivate students to stay on task and pay attention to what they are supposed to be learning, instead of simply melting and feeling sick and exhausted from the heat in their classroom.
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