Pop Quiz: Temperature Control!
This past week I took a look at my work clothes to assess whether or not I need a few more short sleeve shirts and cardigans in my wardrobe. Every new semester it is a crap shoot as to whether I will be dying of heat or freezing to death in my classrooms. The temperature controls are never comfortable. In the hallways it may be sub-zero yet in the classrooms it is a sauna. I may teach in one room that the Sun has been blaring into the windows all day and then the next classroom I go to I deal with a meat locker. The temperature never reaches a happy medium.
I remember when I was in high school there was no air conditioning at all. We were just hot and we dealt with it. It never stayed that way for too long but it was a pain in the butt. No one could concentrate on the lessons and the teachers were extra grouchy. I remember one class I had in my sophomore year where the teacher brought in three box fans just to move the air around. She couldn’t lecture over the noise so she assigned reading assignments and we were told not to move too much.
What is super awesome is that most of the time when I call the heating and cooling people they move on the problem at a snails speed or I am told that’s just the way the room is because of where it is located in the building there is nothing that can be done. Perhaps if I cook an egg on the floor someone will get the hint?
How is the temperature in your room(s)? Can you get the students to concentrate in uncomfortable temperature settings? How far have you gone to alleviate the problem?
The Pop Quiz is a question posed to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the afternoon (ET).
Featured Image: Temperature Today, Hastings Weather Station by Nigel Chadwick