Thrifty Thursday – 10th Edition

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Thrifty Thursday

Each week I bring to you helpful tips to become a more effective educator on the Always A Lesson fan page on Facebook. (Give it a quick like by clicking here!) I decided to start grouping my social media posts into a blog post incase you might have missed anything.

Time to get caught up:

  1. Empty water bottles make for great storage containers for students’ often used supplies like pencils or erasers
  2. Dollar stores have affordable everyday materials for science experiments, math centers and reward items
  3. One stack of paper or plastic cups make for great science, math or sensory centers! Just rinse, repeat & repurpose!
  4. Don’t throw out stale cereal (like Cheerios). The tiny shaped objects make for a great counting activity or manipulatives tool for solving word problems.
  5. Save those wishbones from the Thanksgiving turkey! They make great talking sticks, behavior incentive (who get’s to break it!), and a visual reminder of what we have to be thankful for!
  6. Kids & Book Jackets Don’t Mix… Snag cheap picture frames at your local discount shop, place book jackets inside, and display on top of your classroom book case!
  7. With a pair of scissors and a few quick cuts, loose leaf paper makes for great index cards on the fly!
  8. Instead of buying an enlarged calendar for your classroom/teacher desk, simply use tape on a wipeable surface to create columns and rows. Then fill in the important information each month.
  9. Save those holiday cards and create a “sight word search” center for students!
  10. Do you stop at your favorite local coffee shop on the way to work? Keep the styrofoam cups, wash it out, and use as a dice roller for math centers!

(*note: these posts are sent out via BUFFER so they follow Twitter’s rules for word count and I had to get creative!)

Stay tuned for the next edition coming out in a few weeks!

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About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.