Tuesday, September 14, 2010

No heat pump + cold= angry teacher

The block I teach in is going to be refurbished next year. This is a very good news as there is only one electrical socket in my room, which is not ideal when I need to plug my computer, the data projector, the speakers and when my students need to recharge their laptop. A fire ready to happen

As you can imagine I was very happy to hear that the whole block will be refurbished.

Until tonight when I read on a board of trustees report that no heat pump will be installed in the lower block, it means that there will not be a heat pump in my classroom.

As the room is facing south, the sun does not reach at all the windows. The only source of heating comes from 3 radiators dating from the last ice age and they get switched off at the end of period 2, 11 am. Because I am so cold I have to teach wearing thermals and some students are so cold they have to wear a hat !!!

I know that we are in NZ and we have to “be tough” as being cold and admitting it is seen as a sign of weakness, but I think this is a bit too much.

Is it acceptable to work being cold?? I do not think so. Is it acceptable for our students to be cold while learning?? I do not think so.

Being cold is not the best learning environment for the students. I am very angry…..

1 comment:

  1. As I understand, under the regulations the room must be at least 16 degrees minimum. Someone may be able to confirm this.
    How can anyone learn in such conditions? This is not the 19th Century!!!