Classroom Chills
December 15, 2016  //  By:   //  Opinions  //  Comments are off

Ever sit in a class and wonder why you’re shivering? What about those days when you wear a really nice T-shirt, but no one can see it because your jacket is zipped up to your mouth? And those times when your hands lay deep inside your pockets, not out on your desk, where they should be scribbling away at notes for a class. When you glance out the window, you see that it’s wild outside. Raining, windy, or snowing. Brr.

Happy holidays! You’re freezing to death in your class.

I don’t think it would come as a surprise to anyone when the subject of cold classrooms is brought up. With winter upon us, and the weather turning colder than the heart of the Grinch, we’re left reaching for our thicker down-coats and heavy-duty boots, except for a few devoted cross country fanatics. But what if we didn’t have to wear our thick coats inside the classes we love (or despise)? What if we could sit down and soak up the heating, letting everyone see how nicely dressed we are for that day?

The school heating is a problem. No one likes to arrive at school on a Monday, already miserable, to get to class and sit down, realizing it’s just as cold inside as it is outside. Nobody’s bothered to turn up the heat. Why?

Maybe it’s funding. According to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, grants are available to BISD teachers, counselors, librarians, and other certificated personnel every year and typically range from $500 – $5,000. BSF also reportedly provides over $40,000 in support to teachers. Now, that’s great for the teachers, but also on their website it states that nearly $700,000 was pledged to the schools for the 2016-2017 year. These funds were used to support teachers, academic support and challenge, and innovation towards the STEM initiatives.

Maybe it depends on the person. I know that I, personally, get cold easily. I find myself wearing two jackets a day, and either a hood, hat or gloves to go along with them when winter’s brisk grasp strangles Bainbridge. It can’t be that everyone gets as cold as I do, since I often find my friends going without jackets when traveling from class to class, all the while grumbling about someone needing to turn up the heat.

Could it be based on a teacher’s preference? While having Mr. Hoffman as a Modern World History teacher, I catch him putting wet paper towels over his thermostat to “trick it into making the room warmer because it’s broken,” he says. Often, the trick works, and I come to class feeling like I’ve stepped through a portal into summer. Other teachers, like Dr. Bouck, seems to keep the room at a cooler state. Being from Wisconsin, and being a science teacher, one may expect that her room will be cold, as it’s a familiar temperature.

If spending a fraction of that funding on heat doesn’t provide a bit of academic support and let the students think better knowing they are warm, then I don’t know what will.

Heating is an important factor in school life for students everywhere. This winter, let’s keep our classrooms warm and our minds awake to soak up knowledge before the coming finals.

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