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Pop Quiz: Winter Blues or Springtime Jitters

I have noticed with the recent crap weather that we have been having in the Midwest that my students seem extraordinarily lethargic. I had to set something on fire yesterday just to get them to wake up and answer a question that should have normally been answered quite quickly.  It seems to me that getting the students to learn right now is like pulling teeth.  However, I have also noticed in the past that as soon as the weather warms up and the Sun is blazing in the sky they all become very rowdy.  Then it is like herding cats in a tuna shop!  Keeping their attention for any length of time on that first thaw day is very difficult.  This made me wonder if I was just noticing their behavior more during these times of weather extremes/changes or if there is something to this?

Do you think there is a correlation between the weather and group student behavior? Also, do you experience the same things in your classes during changes in weather? 

(Yes, Yes, I know more weather related pop quizzes from me but the weather seems to be a large part of my life right now so there you have it.)

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Featured image, High above the cloud, the Sun stays the same. by Wing-Chi Poon


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JoDee is an adjunct faculty instructor of astronomy and physics at various colleges around her hometown in the midwest. When she is not trying to get her cat, Pixel, off of her laptop she is observing variable stars and researching black holes.

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