7 steps to making your classroom more environmentally friendly

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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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Save Money & The Environment: Test Online

It’s time to create tests online; teachers have been churning out reams of photocopying each year having a devastating effect on the environment. Even as new technology charges on revolutionising the world; many schools are still using the old fashion multiple choice paper tests.

It is so wasteful: because multiple choice tests seldom fill up all the space on the paper there’s a lot of empty space causing you to use unnecessary sheets.  Secondly for the average class of 30 the amount of pages can become immense especially when you have to photocopy something like a past paper at 15 pages per pupil….

This will save you money in reduced photocopying, it will also free up teachers for other tasks given online tests mark themselves instantly. Teachers can also measure time taken to complete the test and other metrics to analyse the child’s progress.

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Another huge benefit is that it is a platform students actually engage with. When you pop a test on a class you hear sighs as you distribute the same old boring  paper tests. Pupils find online tests engaging given that they can get their results, and see how they are doing as they go along. This helps students do better in tests as it boosts their confidence as it releases ‘reward’ signals in their brain. 

Think of the waste cycle paper tests go through right from the point the tree is cut down. All the trucks that are needed to take the wood shavings to the processing plants, then a truck to stores, then to deliver the paper to your school, and to top it off a truck to take it as waste…

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But where to start? There’s lots of testing platforms but to get started you need a programme students, teachers and parents can interact with. Everyone who is responsible for the child can monitor their progress and identify areas of improvement all working together. That in mind you want something simple, free from technical issues and allows you to design tests easily.

The DesignATest platform is designed with all of this in mind. It has easy drag /drop test building features. You can track a child’s progress with easy to read charts and graphics. You also have the ability to set assessments for different classes, levels and abilities. With DesignaTest the tests mark themselves automatically and you can share results with parents instantly.

You also get access to a huge database of reviewed tests, created by experts in their field, that you can set for pupils in just a few clicks.

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