At my new school, they did not recycle at all (it killed me!). So I kept all of my unused papers for scratch paper, which is very handy in a math classroom. Even with this, I still ended up with a huge pile of scratch paper at the end of the year. So I decided to try and be crafty (as Pinterest always inspires me to do), and make my own scratch notepads. Here's what I did:
2) To provide a solid back for each notepads, you can buy notepad backing paper, but I just used old covers from composition notebooks students no longer wanted or needed. I cut these up into the appropriate sizes as well.
3) I clipped the backings and papers together using large binder clips.
5) I let them sit overnight, and voila! I have a great set of notepads for use in my classroom this year!
I'm going to use the bigger notepads for lists and notes for myself. I'm going to use the smaller ones for student office passes. What I'm really excited about is I decided to use the smaller notepads for exit slips. I'm going to put one notepad in the box of supplies for each desk group of students, so whenever I do exit slips they can just grab a piece from the notepad (instead of me cutting papers or asking kids to rip out paper from their notebooks). Anything that makes class easier, I get excited about! (A friend suggested if I was really crafty, I could have printed on the back side of the paper "Name: / Date: / Block: " to make it even easier for students to use. Maybe next year!)
I hope this was helpful or inspiring for anyone else looking to reuse and recycle old scratch paper!