Top 10 Ways to Create a Green Classroom
Stop and smell the flowers, and the pine trees, and the moss, and the bark, and everything else. Take time to get outside and appreciate nature.
Reduce, reduce, and then reduce some more. Since it would take about six planets to support humans if everyone lived like Americans, people must reduce the use of energy, water, paper, and everything else to protect planet Earth.
Look at the life cycle of everything. Discovering where things come from and where they go is enlightening.
Empower kids to make change. Kids are capable of much more than they are generally given credit for if they understand why it is so important to change. Give them a chance to find solutions and create a better world.
Look for simple beauty and appreciate what the Earth gives you.
Don't be afraid to “buck the system” and integrate environmental protection into as many other academic areas as possible.
Nature is organic, so let learning be organic. Allow for flexibility in your curriculum; you will find fun, interesting ways to strengthen students' interests.
Embrace the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to bigger and bigger ones, so nothing should be considered unimportant.
With a smiling face, promote hope and use a can-do method of teaching. The environmental problems we face can be very daunting. To surmount these challenges, people need to maintain hope, optimism, and perseverance.
Celebrate success. Use a variety of reward systems to encourage helpful Earth-saving projects.