Monday, November 02, 2009

The frugal and green teacher

A sign of a teacher both frugal and green: provisioning, using repurposed and reused materials.

From left to right: coffee cans for 'found' writing utensils, wire basket (second hand) filled with notebook pages donated by last year's class as they cleaned up in June, box of re-usable paper with one blank side (extra worksheets, memos, newletters), and junk mail envelopes (under the chunk of our state rock, red granite) for field trip slips and lunch money.

My students take to this like ducks to water. They even "play school" with some of the old worksheets! That box helps me empty my old files with much less guilt because there is much less waste. Those with messy desks often jump for the wire basket rather than dig into what resembles an archeology site.
Tune in next week for The Frugal and Green Teacher, NaBloPoMo edition.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I do the same thing with those envelopes! And we use old cans for markers, crayons, colored pencils, sticker sheets, paintbrushes...indestructible and very organized!
How fun for your students to "play school!"

11/02/2009 12:42 PM  
Blogger Green Bean said...

You rock!! Can you come to my son's school where last year I was instructed to throw out glue sticks, crayons and such because they were partially used.

11/02/2009 9:46 PM  

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