Today I have a fun tip for saving ink and making your classroom oh so colorful - bright paper! My school doesn't have color printers, so everything that I want in color, I have to print at home. It was a big shock to me a few years ago and I went through cartridge after cartridge trying to bring color into my classroom. As we know, color can cultivate creativity and make a classroom warm and inviting. But did you also know that it can increase retention by 18%, accelerate learning by 55-78%, and also increase comprehension by 73%? (According to the Color Marketing Group). Color is pretty amazing!
I couldn't keep spending my whole paycheck on ink, so I started making things for my classroom in blackline and printing them on colored paper. They still look great! So when Astrobrights contacted me about sampling their line of colors, I was so excited! I knew these would be wonderful for my classroom!
Here are all the colors that Astrobrights makes - in regular paper and in cardstock.
I printed vocab cards for Enemy Pie, from Stephanie Stewart's Back to School Bash.
I printed my math critical thinking question freebie to post around my calendar.
I printed this Juice Box Bully craft from Across the Hall in 2nd Grade's Bully Book Pack. The great thing about using colored cardstock for crafts is that the paper fits perfectly in the copy machine! So easy!
And here's a little sneak peek at my finished classroom! This is my math wall. Can you spot the question discussion starters?
Astrobrights is having an awesome back to school contest where one teacher from each state can win a $250 gift card to colorize their classroom. You can enter through their facebook page! All you have to do is share a picture of how you colorize your classroom! You can get more details at ColorizeYourClassroom.com.
But lucky for us - one Teaching With Style reader will also win this same box full of paper, plus a $50 gift card to Office Depot! Woot! Good luck!