There is a trend in school systems for students to become less focused as the school year draws to a close. Usually by the last week or so of school, after end-of-grade tests are completed, the kids have written off school in more ways than one. They seem louder and more hyper, more apt to break with school codes and not worry about it and in general more restless.
We have had a warmer week this week in the South. Yesterday was around 80F. This isn't so unusual, since Mother Nature does often like to tease us sometime in January or February with a warm spell, then hit us with cold weather again just to show who's in charge.
I have a question about global warming, however. With an overall warmish winter this year, are the students internalizing the earth's changes? It seems that they are moving into that end -of-year behavior early. I wonder if schools would be better off going year-round with breaks spread out. I personally love my summers off and look forward to them each year. But, the students seem to need more frequent breaks to keep them on task. Yes, there are a lot of factors that come into play with keeping students on task or focused on a lesson. Lack of proper sleep or diet, too much video game time, etc. certainly factor in. And then there's the "ADHD" that more and more kids are diagnosed with these days. Some I think is due to the aforementioned, but as an EC teacher, I can say there are actual true cases of this as well.
Overall, though, since the weather does seem to affect students (any elementary teacher will tell you the differences in his/her students on sunny or cloudy days), I would like to know if anyone else has thoughts on the effect global warming has on the average person's, especially children's, psyche. What do you think?