Just yesterday…I was making copies in the Teacher’s Lounge when I realized I’d made a mistake and forgot to double-side and staple the set! The practical upshot of this wasteful frenzy was the destruction of innocent paper.
Teachers go through reams of paper daily. I must plead guilty to laying waste to forests in my efforts to educate modern youth. Sadly, many of these sheets of decimated vegetation awre used by students only temporarily, then discarded often bypassing the recycling bin in route to the landfill. But the tide of history is urging educators to alter their standard operating procedure. It’s time to do a “Paperless Week”.
But importantly…this paperless approach has the potential to engage your students. Sound interesting? I thought so! Give a listen to Kristen Kovak…a paperless guru…the contemporary Lorax!
Kristin mentioned these two tools:
Teachers waste MASSIVE amounts of paper!
Institute a Paperless Week in your classroom.
What you can do tomorrow:
- Engage kids with the Paperless Week.
- Require students to turn in assignments electronically.
- Provide feedback to students electronically.
- Prompt students to evaluate the experience on Friday. Of course…have them submit it electronically!
- For the long-term…consider using Google Classroom.
Do something wonderful for the planet. Be a good role model. Future teachers will engage students without paper. Get ahead of the curve!