Thrifty Thursday- 14th Edition


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. Don’t have any more bulletin board borders left? Use painter or washi tape!
  2. Ration out your extra classroom supplies so that you have equal amounts available each month instead of running out before the year is over.
  3.  Collect worn blank t-shirts from community members and use as a reward for students to work out math problems because who doesn’t love to write on clothing with a fun marker?!
  4. Collect empty paper towel rolls and use in a Literacy center as a counting syllable wand or gopher contraction smasher!
  5. Use thrown away scraps as items in a math center for students to measure the variety of angles in each piece
  6. Use old newspapers or handouts for words and phrases that students can use to practice handwriting and spelling.
  7. Hanging tiny plastic mirrors from the ceiling (purchased from any discount store) will reflect light and immediately brighten up a classroom!
  8. Lack of paper? Laminate index cards and have students respond to their exit ticket with a white board marker. Check their response and wipe it clean for tomorrow!
  9. Take donations from parents and community members for diaper boxes (they make perfect storage containers!)
  10. Ask for discarded flower and plant plastic holders from local nurseries and repurpose in the classroom with minor paint and personalization for material organization.


About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.