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Saving Paper


To save on paper use, I do the following: * I laminate pretty laser papers and papers that I embellish with stickers, punches, stamps, computer clip art. I post messages on these papers, using markers which will erase so the papers can be reused. * I use backs of paper for short notes and quizzes. * I copy enough tests for one class and have students write answers on their own piece of paper. * I laminate chore charts with my students' names so that when the student needs reminding about an assignment, I write it on the laminated chore chart with a marker that erases. * Eventually all students will have E-mail addresses at home and at school and will be able to access anything I send them (absentee assignment or praise notes etc.). * I tape a copy of each handout on the wall. Students who lose papers can copy the handout by hand or borrow it and pay 25 cents for the office to copy it. * For some assignments, I design computer templates. The student completes the work and saves it in the correct folder, while practicing computer skills. We do not print it. While the student is watching, I evaluate the work on the computer. * I have students peer-edit each other's work before printing it. * I use transparencies whenever possible, rather than copying lots of handouts for students.

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