It’s that time of year again when both teachers and students are settling into another academic year. But don’t feel blue! Here are some easy ways you and your students can make your classroom greener.
1. Differierentiated Recycling Bins
Provide differentiated bins in your classroom (plastic, paper, etc.) to encourage recycling and make sure your pupils understand what to put in each one. Doing this at the start of the new term will ensure good habits throughout the year.
(Photo by University of Exeter)
2. Paper Usage
Urge students to use both sides of the page for writing activities and award prizes to the students who are the most economical with their paper usage. For example perhaps you could announce a Paper saver of the week/month. Maybe then you can encourage the others to turn over a new leaf!
(Photo by Marind on Flickr)
3. Interactive Lessons
For presentations and lessons, try to use interactive displays and/or blackboards and whiteboards in order to minimise paper waste (a brilliant excuse to demonstrate your Powerpoint skills!).
(Photo by LFT)
4. Saving Energy
Put up a sign by the door of the classroom to remind yourself and your students to turn off the lights when leaving. After all everyone is a bit forgetful at times but this way no one will be left in the dark !
(Photo by TeddyKaitlinlLucien)
5. Sustainability Class
Dedicate a class to sustainability (resources can be found on Consumer Classroom ) and encourage students to brainstorm on how they can be more environmentally friendly both at home and school. This will aso help to reinforce the green habits listed above.
So now you know 5 easy ways in which you can be an inspiring and eco friendly teacher. Love the environment and always make sure your students are keen to be green!