Temperature control as classroom control

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  1. jen12

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    How many of you keep the classroom cold in the summer to calm down the kids? I rarely turn on the a/c because I hate being cold, but I have a class that just can't control themselves. Another teacher suggested keeping the room cold. Does this work?
     
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    Don't know. Our district controls the temp.
     
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    I've never heard of this...
     
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    If anything, I find the opposite. On days when the a/c isn't working well, the lights are off and we are doing quiet stuff so we don't generate heat. When it is freezing in my room, they all whine about being cold the entire day.
    Plus, I can't control the temperature in my room.
     
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    95 and no AC tomorrow. Not bad if I had any windows that were larger than a cookie sheet. But I don't.
     
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    I cannot think when I'm cold. To me it sounds punitive, and not something I would ever consider.
     
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    No AC in the school; we all suffer through the heat. When it's sweltering in the building, like it was on Monday and half of yesterday, the kids are generally pretty quiet.
     
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    I try to maintain a comfortable 'room temperature'. Yesterday it was 88 degrees in my room...I have two fans I've brought in to keep air moving...but other than seeking a comfortable temperature, I don't fiddle with the thermostat. I use effective behavior mgt techniques and don't need to resort to freezing my students to numb them.:dizzy:
     
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    When my room is hot I get irritable, plum crabby because I'm miserable. Too cold, I'd gripe, too.

    I did have a teacher that kept the room cold in the winter to keep us from getting cozy and falling asleep. Really, all it did was make me keep my hands in my pocket and gripe about freezing. LOL
     
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    I never heard of this either. I do know that on Tuesday the air was on & my room was freezing. Their behavior wasn't any better/worse then normal. I know that if the room is too cold or too hot the kids & are complaining. I used to always keep my room on the colder side, but not for any reason then it was more comfortable for me.
     
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    Dunno... district controls the thermostat. My poor kids are always sweating in my room and complaining about the heat.
     
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    I had a teacher that would insist colder rooms made you "think better" by keeping you more alert. She would crank up the AC on test days- I HATED it.

    I don't have AC- it doesn't get warm enough here to need it and there's not much humidity. Apartments and businesses and such don't either and I've never once missed it (I'm from the midwest where it was an absolute necessity!) Last year I had my own thermostat and I would crank up the heat in my classroom b/c I like it warm. My kids loved it too. This year we're in a new building and I can't control the temp. I was often cold although no complaints from the kids.
     
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    I suspect that the teacher who suggested it to me considers it to be an "effective behavior management technique."

    Interesting responses....

    The problem for me comes with the fact that a comfortable temperature is so subjective. When kids come in from recess they complain that it's too hot, but they're hot from running around. It has nothing to do with the room temp. I on the other hand, consider it "cold" if I have to put on a sweater, and I'm often wearing sweaters on days that other people wear shorts.

    Subjective.
     
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    I would say this is probably not a good idea - knowingly maintaining an uncomfortable temperature in order to control kids.
     
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    I don't think this is true. My room is freezing or hot on any given day and my kids behave the same.... If anything they complain because as you said a perfect temperature is very subjective.
     
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    I keep my room cool because it keeps ME calmer. I have hot flashes, and they want me cooler. My kids do smell better in a cold room. Middle school kids don't smell all that great!
     
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    I keep my room at what ever temperature feels best to me at the time.
     
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    :lol:

    I like keeping a cooler classroom for the same reasons! Personally I would much rather be a little chilly than sweaty. And kids do get pretty smelly when it's hot in the room--and I have no tolerance for stank.

    Either way, though, it's a moot point right now. I don't have any control over the thermostat in my current room. My new classroom next year (portable) has its own A/C and temperature controls, so I'm looking forward to that.
     
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    This.
     
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    I had teachers do this during state testing when I was a student. I also hated it.
     
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    I think there are more effective and appropriate ways to manage the classroom.
     
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    I would think the opposite would be true. They have been pretty comatose for me this week, and my classroom has been in the 90s the past 2 days.

    Bf had a teacher who was known for saying "optimal learning temperature - 66 degrees." lol.
     
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    I think that kids who are being frozen into submission are probably learning a real lesson, but not the one on the syllabus: they're learning about abuse of power.

    I realize that what's "comfortable" for me-- especially me-- is probably too warm for most people, and I'm fine with the idea that I have to be chilly in order for most people to be comfortable. (That's why I had on a jacket in the faculty room yesterday). But intentionally keeping the room cold?? Nope, that's not effective teaching, that's just mean.
     

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