I'm a fifth grade teacher in a low-income, urban school district. My students are passionate about Science, and ready to take the lead on environmental reform. They've led a recycling program at our school, participate in watershed clean-up projects, and talked with a city-council member about turning a vacant lot into an organic community garden. Towards the end of the year, students worked in teams to come up with creative ways to help the environment. One team looked around our classroom, and saw a clear hypocrisy. We use a huge amount of paper. Sure, we recycled, but waste is waste. So, my students did a bit of research and found many (better resourced) classrooms have a class set of individual student white boards. These boards are used throughout the day, and significantly reduce the amount of notebook paper students use. My students went further, and looked for a replacement for large chart paper, of which we also consume large amounts. They found large, reusable dry-erase sheets, which would seem to do the job perfectly. My students presented their proposal to the principal, complete with a cost-budget analysis of these new products, versus paper; however, by that part of the year, purchasing was closed. Those students have now moved on to middle school, but I'd like to be able to show them that their plans are not forgotten. Please help me "green" my classroom, reduce the amount of paper waste my students produce, save the school funds, and most importantly, put a student-led initiative into action. Go green! If we only had the financial resources, we could dramatically reduce the amount of paper waste we produce, without having to compromise on our learning methods. All we need are individual dry erase boards for each student, and larger dry erase sheets, to replace chart paper. In our greener classroom, students will do much of their short writing assignments on individual boards, and receive immediate feedback. When students work in small groups, and then present to the class, or when I chart instructions or diagrams to post in the classroom, we'll write on poster-size, reusable white-board sheets. Please help me create a classroom that is consistent with the messages I teach. Help me build an environment my students can really take pride in, and that can be an example to others.
|Self-stick Whiteboard Sheet, 18x23 1/2 in. • Highsmith Inc.||$14.47||6||$86.82|
|Dry Erase Reuseable Easel Pad • Highsmith Inc.||$24.50||2||$49.00|
|GT233 - Write & Wipe Teaching Globe • Lakeshore Learning||$29.50||1||$29.50|
|KC70 - Write & Wipe Lapboard - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning||$28.50||3||$85.50|
|MARK-A- LOT DRY ERASE MARKERS -- Avery Marks-A-Lot Whiteboard Dry Erase Markers • Quill Corporation||$5.62||8||$44.96|
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