The classroom wasn’t a nice place for the kids to learn

The other two teachers agree that it is extremely difficult to teach the students in these conditions.

For the past 10 years, I have been teaching Middle School science 13, 14, and 15 year-old kids. I was a math teacher for ten years before I started teaching science, but I majored in science during college and I wanted a chance to use my degree. I had a classroom at the end of the hall for a long time and then I was moved to a different space. The new room is a building outside and I am one of three teachers that are forced to work in outdoor portable buildings. It isn’t the best setup, especially during the winter when it is cold and icy outside. There isn’t much insulation in these buildings and it gets cold very quickly. There is a single heating machine that looks like an air conditioner. Even when the heater runs all day, it’s still about 60 degrees inside the classroom. I brought a space heater to the room last year and that helped the temperature a lot. Unfortunately, the vice principal said it was a fire hazard to have an extra heating unit inside of the room. The other two teachers agree that it is extremely difficult to teach the students in these conditions. It isn’t just the heating situation that is a problem. There is an area in the back of the classroom that also leaks. Whenever it rains, we have to place a mop bucket under the leak. I know they were trying to come up with a way to have more room for the classes, but portable classrooms aren’t the best idea.

 

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