Friday, 19 June 2015

FEELING THE HEAT?

Something else not seen discussed in CE
La climatisation a été installée ce WE... Les enfants revivent car nous avons passé deux semaines très difficiles à cause des grosses chaleurs.
[The air conditioning was installed this weekend at the CEC... The children are reviving, for we have had two very difficult weeks because of the intense heat.]
Global warming aside, I count myself fortunate to live in the temperate zone where this year I have on balance been happy that we are having a 'traditional summer'.

I know that this year it has been different on the Continent of Europe where Conductive Education had its roots long before air-conditioning. I also know that conductors have taken their practice further afield to develop, out to the tropics proper and on to the great, hot land masses where it can be really hot.

Perhaps I think of this as a possible problem only because I am English. But excessive heat can bring exhaustion and other metabolic problems, for workers and clients alike. What are these in practice? More importantly in conductive terms, what to do about them? Air-con may be helpful and in some social contexts might be the expected norm for everyday environments in which many people live, work and play. In other situations, however, things might be a lot different.

Recently, from sweltering Southern Germany, conductor Susie Mallett blogged about her ice-hockey game:


Others  may have other tricks and activities to combat the psychological effects of heat through pedagogical means. Do share them...

Reference

(2015) Des nouvelles, Association CEC du Gard, 18 June
Mallett, S. (2015) Beating the summer heat, conductively, Conductor, 14 June
http://www.susie-mallett.org/2015/06/beating-summer-heat-conductively.html

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