Thrifty Thursday- 11th 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. Ask for empty boxes from parents, friends, and neighbors (Amazon, anyone?!). Students can sit in them around the room as “safe learning bubbles.” Great for special needs and younger kiddos!
  2. Stop by your local hardware store and find simple cloth tool belts (some give to kids for free!). Use these as material organizers as students use flexible seating or sit around the classroom to work!
  3. Shop discount stores for unique objects that can be used as writing prompts for student’s creative writing essays.
  4. Ask the art teacher for yarn scraps and make a wig! Kiddos love getting to wear a special headdress as a reward for great work or behavior!
  5. Stock up on all the left over Super Bowl paraphernalia and use for football themed math centers for years to come!
  6. Post-it notes make for great subject tabs in a notebook or binder. Tape it down for extra security!
  7. If you can’t print double sided, use papers from the recycling bin to print on the back of to save on paper cost!
  8. Can’t find the lid to your storage containers at home? Don’t throw them out! Use them in you storage closet for organization or for center manipulatives!
  9. Don’t throw out ripped books. Save the pages you can and use the illustrations or interesting words/phrases for writing prompts!
  10. Save those empty kleenex boxes and repurpose into storage containers!

(*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.