Teacher Appreciation Week: Could You Go Entirely Paperless in Your Classroom for Two Weeks?Mari Hernandez-Tuten
Next week, is Teacher Appreciation Week! My husband is a teacher and I used to be a teacher in my younger years so I wanted to make sure to take a moment to appreciate the wonderful people who care and teach our children. Teachers rock!
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I wanted to share about the Classroom Paperless Project:
Could you go entirely paperless in your classroom for two weeks? Teacher Ms. Camarillo accepted the challenge and she blogs about her journey here. Basically, this is what the project is about from Weareteachers.com:
“We know how hard it is to go paperless—imagine giving up all books, all worksheets, all construction paper, all post-it notes for two weeks! But our paperless test teacher was up to the challenge.
Through the course of this project, we asked our test teacher to be honest and upfront with us about what worked and what didn’t. You will find places where she had huge successes and also quite a few failures. You’ll notice that she wasn’t able to go completely paperless for the entire two weeks—but regardless, she learned a lot and was able to adopt some paperless strategies on a permanent basis. Perhaps more importantly, her students learned that their teacher was invested in earth-friendly techniques and learned that every little effort can result in big changes for our planet. ”
If presented with the same challenge could you do it? Would you do it?
The pros of going paperless:
All those copies add up to a whole lot of trees, so this challenge is wonderful for our environment.
Another positive is it could help eliminate the struggles caused when kids labor over the mental & physical process of handwriting.
Encourages teachers to move towards more hands on learning.
Are there negatives to going paperless?
Will it effect the basic skills of handwriting?
I personally think it’s good to move towards using less paper in the classroom. All those worksheets and projects always make their way into our fireplace which we use for kindling. But it makes me uneasy to think we are moving away from less paper to my kids staring at a screen all day.
What are your thoughts parents? Teachers, could you do it?