Sally Kawagoe

How a day of off-grid lessons makes everyone happier

Having a day of lessons without electricity or tech not only helps to save the planet – it also improves interaction between teacher and pupil, finds Sally Kawagoe


Lights on. Click. Computer on. Click. Interactive whiteboard on. Click. Visualiser on. Click.

Despite being old enough to remember teaching without at least three of these things, this has been my early morning routine for much of the past 10 years.

Well, it was, until someone tried to take those things away from me. The idea arose after a discussion in class about climate change; we began to think about how our actions in school could have a wider impact.

Someone piped up that “Off-Grid Friday” seemed like a relatively simple plan to reduce our consumption of energy: we would use no ...

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