One positive that has come out of the Covid-19 pandemic is the fact that we’re staying home and allowing nature to heal. Something else we’ve been forced to do is switch to online everything…including education.
As a teacher I do my best (and teach the kids) to reuse and recycle paper when we can, but no matter what we do, there are several bags of paper that go out to the recycling every few weeks.
Now that we are teaching online through Zoom, Google, and Seesaw, almost everything I do is online. The students often have a choice to use paper and take a picture to upload as they are only in 3rd grade and typing on computers is not a skill they have developed yet, but these days there are so many technologies that we can use.
People around the world are discovering creative ways to do everything we’re used to doing online and I haven’t taken a bag of paper recycling from school in 2 months!
This is not to say that I enjoy teaching online. It takes away the human element of teaching and as a teacher you miss the students and feel helpless in so many ways. But, I find that it helps to look at the positive in difficult situations.
I think that the perfect balance of eco-teaching would be simply using computers more often in the classroom. I know this depends a lot of the school and it’s technology capabilities. However, since the students now have new computer skills, I plan to utilize technology in my classroom a lot more moving forward.