Creating a Greener Classroom.
One of my goals for my classroom in 2020 was to create a green classroom; I’ve personally taken the leap to live a MORE eco-friendly lifestyle so I wanted to integrate it into my classroom. Here are some tips for creating a greener & more environmentally friendly classroom.
A classroom set of supplies. I have a classroom set of pencils, pens & highlighters that I use for my classroom. I keep them in containers & offer a simple barter (works great with cell phones) or reward system for the supplies if they use them.
Google Classroom. Google Classroom offers an array of digital literacy options that prevents the necessity to print worksheets, study guides, etc.
Natural light. If the sun is out and the students are engaged, I try to keep the blind & windows open as much as possible (it also serves as a natural air freshener for a room full of teenagers)
Himalayan salt lamps. Salt lamps are natural sources of light & serve as an air purifier. They balance out electromagnetic radiation & improve mental performance. Salt lamps also help balance moods, reduce anxiety & sharpen concentration.
Plants. Plants have similar benefits to salt lamps – they purify the air, boost mood, reduce airborne contaminants & create a sense of community and responsibility.
Digital study guides & videos. Use a classroom cloud or Google Classroom to upload digital copies of study guides & notes. Use YouTube (or your own videos) to review lessons.
Laminate. If you have to print things, laminate as much as you can to be able to reuse them year after year.
Cloud technology. Upload your own lesson plans assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. use to for future classes.
Class copy. If you must print, consider just using a class copy and telling students to return the copy. This works great for notes!