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Turning up the heat on teaching and learning — literally

Yesterday was cold outside — but not in Mimi’s New York City elementary school classroom:

I was snuggled up to a little friend today, chatting about their writing, when I felt beads of sweat rolling down my back. And I thought to myself, “self, WTF, it’s December and you’re sweating through your SLEEVELESS SHIRT!” I then glanced at the radiator, which was pumping out heat at such an intense level that you could actually see it rising up in front of the windows. Four of which were open. Again, it is December and today it was only 38 degrees outside. …

So now, not only am I mourning my inability to wear my favorite winter wear, but I am also dealing with chronic bloody noses…, sleepy children and abandoned sweaters piled up in all corners of the classroom. In the last week alone I have said the phrase, “put your clothes back on” more times than I care to admit as children attempt to strip down to their undershirts.

Also, props to the commenter on Mimi’s blog who called this “Bikram teaching.”

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