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Eco-friendly Classroom Tips

August 23, 2012

As  Henry Brooks Adams once said  “A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops.”  Teachers have the ability to not only influence a child’s love of learning through books, but through actions as well.  With that in mind, we wanted to share a few simple eco-friendly classroom tips on how to transform  a classroom into a “green” learning environment:

1. Recycle bin in the classroom. Have a recycling bin in the classroom for paper, plastic and other recyclable items and encourage students to use it!

2. Bring green plants into the classroom. Adding green plants around the classroom not only will improve the air, it will create a more relaxing environment as well.

3. Create a “recycling monitor” as one of the classroom jobs. Assign a child to be the “recycling monitor” of the classroom to be sure everyone is following the “recycle” rule.

4. Turn off lights when leaving the classroom.  Set an example for students by always turning off lights when leaving the classroom. Be sure to make students aware of the habit and see if they “catch” you forgetting at any point throughout the day!

5. Conserve paper.  Whenever possible have children use both sides of a sheet of paper, send a weekly note home instead of daily updates and use recycled paper and supplies for art projects.

A few simple changes to the classroom can make a HUGE impact on the environment for generations to come.

Have a great idea on how to make a classroom more eco-friendly? Share it with us!

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