Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by Mr Magoo, Jan 19, 2017.
Jan 19, 2017
Yeah, I teach in a second location twice a week, and that classroom has had a broken heater for two weeks now. Hoping it's FINALLY up and running by tomorrow, but the forecast for then is unseasonably warm, which makes it moot.
Jan 20, 2017
In my school if the heat doesn't work in a certain room then it can't be used. One time I had half of an extra class in my room because their room didn't have heat. It was a crummy day!!
I guess I would just bring an extra sweater but I doubt I'd wear my coat. I don't wear a heavy coat when it's 60 degrees outside so why would I wear one inside? The teacher probably didn't get sick from the room being 60 degrees. She got sick from kids coming to school sick because their parents didn't want them home (that's how I got sick!!).
That would be crappy! I can't stand to be cold!!!
Now, I had a professor in college that kept the room freezing cold to prevent germs from spreading. We learned quickly to bring a jacket no matter the season. LOL
At my second location. It's still broken in here, but I'm told an HVAC person will be in later today. It helps that my classroom shares space with a Boys and Girls Club and those kids are probably complaining a lot louder than I am.
Jan 23, 2017
LOL Sounds like something my ethics professor would have said. He also told us to cure a cold all you had to do was put a hat at the foot of your bed and drink whiskey until you see 2 hats LOL That's about all I remember learning in that class!!!
My 7th grade English teacher kept the room COLD in the winter to keep us awake. I'm sorry... I can't work if I'm bundled up in my jacket trying to keep my hands and body warm. I looked like an animal burrowed in its home!
I would much rather work in a classroom that's 60 degrees than one that is close to 90 (like our classrooms can get in May, June, and September)!
60-65? My SIL keeps the air conditioning on that temperature!
When I think of no heat as a problem, I think about the room being 50 and below. I can see how the first day can be a problem when people are dressed for a room that is usually 75 degrees, but once it is known that the temp will be low, it is not hard to dress appropriately for 60-65.
I agree that the teacher didn't get sick from the cooler temperature in the room.
I rather be chilly than sweating any day!!
Yep! I've often said that I prefer sweaters over sweat. However, there is a point that it's so cold in a classroom, the students have trouble functioning and even start to fall asleep from the chill.
Yeah, when you are so cold that it hurts, then that is a distraction and it is interfering with their work.
Jan 26, 2017
I agree layering is better than sweating, but I can tell you in winter that 60 can be cold. We were without a furnace in the house (we have a few electric space heaters) for a week. When it got to 60 it was cold. It feels different when it is cloudy and damp outside... It make you just feel colder.
We have our heat set to like 68 in the winter.. but I can tell it feels warm in the house in sunny days... Today cloudy snowy/ rainy it felt a lot colder.
I would have warmer boots on. If my feet are warm my body feels warm. Lol. Plus extra sweater layer.
I don't know exactly what the temp in my classroom is, but the kids are always complaining that it is cold. There is a cool breeze that comes off the blower all winter. Nothing seems to change it, so we just deal with it.
Jan 27, 2017
In the room with the broken heat again. I WOULD open the door and try to get the warmer air from the hallway, but a bunch of community people are doing a presentation out there and decided to close it.
It's like the Robert Frost poem, "Fire and Ice." If I had to do it twice, ice will suffice.
Jan 28, 2017
I tend to search for the humor in unusual classroom conditions. It doesn't solve the problem, but it helps. For elementary, I play music when the students enter the room, usually classical, but for a cold classroom I might switch to songs about winter, or if I'm in a really wacky mood, perhaps songs about summer.
Meanwhile, there is no heat in my house as we have our air ducts redone. It's like the chilly room situation follows me.
Jan 29, 2017
Cat... You would be amazed at what an electric space heater would heat with door closed. That's what we did... Ours has a timer we would put the timer on and it was pretty toasty.
Feb 3, 2017
Feb 4, 2017
Worse than the temperatures, an unrepaired broken window sends a message to the students, "This is how we prefer to treat you."
Oh, wow. Really?
Feb 7, 2017
I'll be at that satellite classroom tomorrow morning. We'll see if MY heat is fixed!