You likely already take steps to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact at home, so why not think about how you can make your classroom more environmentally friendly this term? We’ve got seven tips that can help get you started.
- Encourage recycling
If you’ve noticed your classroom bins are often overflowing, it might be time to make recycling a part of your students’ day. From the packaging from lunchtime snacks to paper that’s been used, encouraging recycling can have a big impact. Having a colourful, dedicate recycle area that’s clear, will help even the youngest pupils create more environmentally friendly habits.
- Repurpose scrap paper
Classrooms are filled with paper that’s waiting to be thrown away. Repurposing the paper that’s already been used, such as using display papers for other craft projects or turning over worksheets to take quick notes, will cut down the overall amount of paper being used. Combine it with your recycling efforts and you’ll benefit the environment even more.
- Reduce electricity consumption
From turning off the lights to putting electronics on sleep mode when they’re not in use, there are a lot of small habits you can do to reduce the amount of energy that’s being used in your classroom. It’s something that many pupils will already be used to at home, and with a bit of encouragement, you can transfer this thinking to school too.
- Utilise online resources
Technology has become essential in the classroom environment and it can help you boost your green credentials too. Rather than always printing out worksheets for class exercises and homework, try using online resources, such as DesignATest, to significantly cut back on the amount of paper you’re regularly using.
- Create your own online resources
This step is particularly useful if you’re teaching at a secondary school or in further education. Rather than printing out your usual materials, make them available online. It will save you time and ensure that pupils can find the resources when they need them too.
- Choose eco-friendly products
A swap from one brand to another can give your classroom a boost in eco credentials. For example, choosing pens, pencils, and paper that are made with sustainability in mind or crafted using recycled goods, can be useful and serve as a lesson to students.
- Display some plants
Do your part for boosting the number plants in the world by having some displayed in your classroom. It’s an opportunity to teach children about the importance of preserving nature, give pupils some responsibility, and it will brighten up your teaching space too.
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