By Keren Montero
Teachers have no control over the temperatures in their classrooms at East and it is very important for them to do so. As of right now, it is no lie when I say that the classrooms at East are all different types of temperatures. When it's cold outside the AC is on in the classrooms and then when it's spring and it's hot the heating is booming. Some are as hot as the sun and the one down the hall can be as cold as Antarctica.
Brain principle 8 of teaching is “Environment matters.” Our surroundings impact our brains for good and for bad. That is why teachers usually have flexible or some different type of seating arrangements, purposeful music when kids are doing work, and/or posters and different colors on the walls to bring a good feeling in the classroom. Classroom temperature also falls between those lines. It is proven that students focus less and retain less when they are too cold or too hot and don't feel comfortable. Not only does the student not feel comfortable enough where they can sit and learn but it also can be a block in a teachers way because they can't teach up to their full potential when they also aren't feeling good in a class that's too cold or too hot.
The students and teachers aren't the only ones who have complained about this issue and support the idea of teachers having control of the AC and heating in their classes but the secretary of the counselors also agree with it. Irene Turner expressed, “These classrooms are like a sauna or an igloo so if the teachers had access to the thermostat we can have a comfortable learning environment.” I have also sparked this conversation with my journalism teachers, Mrs. Conroy and Dr. Bak, and they agree all the way that it is hard to have a comfortable learning environment when students can't focus or feel comfortable because of the temperature in the class. It is important to make this change because we need to create a better, healthier, and comfortable learning and teaching environment for the students and teachers here at East.