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Thursday, March 05, 2009

HOT Carnival time

This week's Carnival of Education is up and running now at the Core Knowledge Blog. My Million Dollar Test post is there, along with lots and lots of other great ones.

So today was an absolutely gorgeous day outside. Sunny, something like 85 degrees, not too windy. Simply beautiful.

Inside the classroom, however, it was like a rainforest, hovering somewhere between 85 and 90 degrees. The air conditioning was doing a great job of. . .well, making noise, but certainly not cooling the room down. I suppose that's because the air conditioning hasn't officially been sanctioned by the good folks downtown. Hey, at least it wasn't blowing even hotter air -- it just wasn't blowing cooler air either.

We work in Texas, people!! Turn our A/C on!!!

9 comments:

Carolyn said...

Wait, are you telling me that DISD has to ALLOW your principal to turn on the air? Who ALLOWED them to lose $85M? (or whatever the amount was) Come up to Frisco, Mr. Teach, where the cool air runs...

Anonymous said...

Mr. Teacher I too work for DISD and as someone that never has heat or air at all I was excited to be warm. Feel blessed that you get anything. I have been cold all winter. And when it really gets hot I will be melting.

Melissa B. said...

Well, we reached 60 degrees today, and are headed up to 70 tomorrow. Are the bluebonnets in bloom down there yet?

Columbia Lily said...

Ahh.....Texas. I don't miss the humid classrooms between February and April. Just to taunt you a bit, it's like 60 degrees here in Seattle and was frozen this morning.

Anonymous said...

I'm at Hillcrest and we got A/C today. Was shocked!

Don't know how your building works, but we are water heated/cooled. Cannot leave water in the chiller or it could freeze so someone has to come and fill the chiller and reroute the water.

Anonymous said...

I understad your pain. I spent 2 years without the AC properly working and it was hot and humid all the times. However, after complaining several times to central offices nothing was ever done. I have to say that my principal really supported us and complained to the AC guys all the time. Well, solution: invest $20 or $40 at Wal-Mart at get 2 fans from there. Otherwise, your classroom is a torture chamber.

By the way, extremly heat took a toll on everybody around my classroom, from bad behavior and low grades.

Good luck

Mister Teacher said...

Carolyn, principals are entirely out of the loop. Central office actually has control of the temperature setting...

And yes, it has something to do with water pipes and chillers and what not, and ours happen to be leaking throughout the building right now. I think I WILL be bringing a fan in...

Debor said...

When I left Texas, we were still allowed to open windows in our old building, thank God.

Now I'm in Florida, where that sort of thing is a big sin. So when the heat is on, the room is almost 80 and when the AC is on, it's 72, and we have an open type campus with many buildings so the kids go from hot to cold or vice versa whenever we travel from place to place. They are always sick!

We have been told, however, that it's all in our imaginations and that there is never more than a 2 degree variation in temps. My big old theremometer that I hang up begs to differ.

Mister Teacher said...

Debor,
I know what you mean! Last year, my thermometer (not to mention my sweaty body) would read 80 degrees, and I would complain about it. One day, a worker from the district came in and told me that the computer was verifying that the average temperature throughout the hallway was a cool 72 degrees. I showed the guy my thermometer, and he told me that was just reading warm because it was right by the window.
I patiently waited while he went out to his truck so he could get his spot-temperature gun. What do you know, he came in and zapped a few spots around the room, and GOSH! it was 80 degrees in the room!!!