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Teachers can take advantage of increased moods and energy in springtime
April 12, 2015, 11:57 am

Teachers could take advantage of the increased moods and energy associated with the season change from winter to spring in order to optimize learning activity.

It is believed that at this time of year energy levels are boosted and as a result students tend to be more curious. Spring is a time to promote a class’s natural instincts to figure things out and to push boundaries, challenging them to take on more independent work.

Cross-curricular units, lessons where students get to move about and group work, provide antidotes for a feeling of restlessness and excitement (spring fever) that comes with this time of year. Make sure there are plenty of opportunities for children to be creative and make choices about what they want to study.

However, experts warn that teachers need to be aware of how seasonal change affects students' sleep patterns and therefore learning. As the hours of daylight extend into evening, melatonin release can be delayed and result in difficulty falling asleep at the usual time.

This influences attention, memory and cognitive functions. With the delay of darkness, students also do not have the usual cues to guide them to wind down outdoor play, transition to homework, or go to sleep at their regular times.

Teachers need to take proactive approaches to guiding students to manage their schedules for spring. For instance, students will be better motivated to plan their after-school work and avoid sleep deprivation if they are given to understand the importance of a good night’s sleep to recalling information learned the previous day.

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