The classroom is the perfect place to practice eco-friendliness and to teach children the importance of looking after and appreciating nature. As a teacher, you can help students understand the value of environmentalism by following our steps to creating an eco-friendly classroom environment.
Use eco-friendly school supplies
Look into swapping your school supplies to an environmentally friendly option, most equipment has a greener alternative. This could be exchanging notebooks to ones made from recycled paper and wooden pencils instead of plastic. Also, look for art materials which are biodegradable and chemical-free.
Start a garden
Starting a garden in school is a fantastic way to teach students about biology and environmental issues. If you don’t have the option of an outdoor garden, why not try growing vegetables in a window box? A vegetable garden is a great way to educate children on the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet. The Royal Horticultural Society offers great resources for getting students involved in gardening.
Encourage recycling and minimise paper usage
To teach children the importance of sustainability, create a recycling centre in the classroom with designated bins for different materials. You could even start a recycling competition within your school to see which class has recycled the most items. Although paper is an inevitable part of the classroom, encourage students to use responsibly and recycle used paper for art materials.
Switch off all lights and electronics
Educate students on the importance of conserving energy by encouraging pupils to turn off lights before leaving a room. Also, during the day switch computers onto sleep mode when not in use, this can help to reduce up to 70% of energy usage. You could also assign a student to check all appliances and lights are switched off at the end of the day as long as they are supervised and are not touching electrics, just reporting back to you.
Encouraging environmentalism in the classroom starts with you!
Reduce paper wastage by only printing emails when completely necessary and use electronic calendars and diaries. Consider a lunchbox or reusable containers for your packed lunch instead of cling film and plastic bags. By demonstrating your commitment to environmental issues, this could encourage your students to take an interest in becoming more eco-friendly too!
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