Does heat impair thinking? According to this study it does. If you don’t want to read all the details, here’s a quick summary: Researchers gave daily cognitive tests to college students living in buildings with and without air conditioning. The results show definite cognitive impairment in those living without AC.
The results really aren’t surprising. I’m sure you have all felt sluggish, sweaty, and mentally slow in hot weather. I certainly have. Keeping in mind that this study was done with adults, I can only imagine how heat impairs the cognitive function of elementary students, who generally have a tough time focusing on tasks during the best of circumstances. There are a lot of school buildings out there that don’t have air conditioning, and the school year often creeps into the summer months. That’s a recipe for a lot of distracted sweaty kids.
Does your school building have air conditioning? If not, how do you deal with a hot classroom?