Tip #1 Green Your Bulletin Board
When I first started teaching, my bulletin boards were butchered paper in every color. I loved it! Over time, my needs have changed. This book helped me to think about the choices I made in my classroom. It lead me to rethink about my decor.
So, I changed it up....
I use fabric, a full flat sheet, that I tug tightly and staple onto my bulletin board. Can you tell this is three years old? What a time-saver and green way to decorate! I have found that I like the "look" of my classroom because everything matches; black, white, and lime green.
Tip #2 Think Before You Laminate
This is a hard one especially with all the great resources I find on other blogs. But, I really try to think, does this need to me laminated; knowing that over time I may throw it away and it ends up in a landfill. Many times I use sheet protectors.
Money Mat to be used and protected during its use. The benefits of the sheet protector is that kids can write on it with a dry erase markers. I can copy less if it is for a center and I can reuse the sheet protector again and again for other similar projects.
Tip #3 Keep those scraps
Not every paper ends up in the recycling can. I save some in a large container. These scraps come in handy for many types of activities such as practicing cutting skills with various types of scissors or for tear art projects. I love to just give kids all access to this container and see what they can come up with.
How do you make your classroom green? Share your tips.
Happy Teaching and Learning!