Are you a teacher that is always looking for clever solutions and creative ideas for keeping up your classroom? Check out our 10 easy classroom hacks to make life in the classroom a little bit easier and a lot more organized!
Supplies needed for Easy Classroom Hacks:
- Darice Washi Tape
- Muffin Tins
- Darice Clothespins
- Painter’s Tape
- Chalkboard Cardstock
- Chalk Markers
- Accordion Folder
- Darice Self Adhesive Magnets
- Dry-Erase Markers
- Darice Craft Sticks
- Darice Scrapbook Paper
1. Use a special color or pattern of washi tape to flag all of your stationary supplies. Wrap it around the end of your supplies and cut out a little triangle to make a “flag”. Add the washi tape to whatever you keep your pencils in to remind students where their pencils should be returned. Note: You can use this classroom hack at home as well, but with makeup brushes or other accessories!
2. When students are crafting or working on group projects that involve small items, use muffin tins as a way to organize these small objects. They’re sturdy, provide a good size “container” for the materials, and can be stacked up and stored easily.
3. Use clothespins to organize your paperwork. With one of your sharpies, label your clothespins according to your different piles of paper and clamp onto your work.
4. When decorating classroom walls, use painter’s tape beneath glue dots or your adhesive of choice. This will make it easier to remove your decorations without damaging the walls. This will give you more freedom to decorate the classroom as you please.
5. Create temporary signs for your classroom using chalkboard cardstock and chalk markers. This is perfect for group projects and assignments. Just write down names, labels, or bin markers onto chalkboard cardstock and wipe it off to reuse it! The best thing about this hack is the markers because they don’t create dust, which is often an allergy hazard in the classroom.
6. Use an accordion folder or a filing cabinet to file different colors of craft or construction paper. By keeping papers upright and within their own sections, they won’t wrinkle or get damaged.
7. One of the best classroom hacks is magnets! Adhesive magnets are great for a number of crafts and projects, but especially useful for teaching. You can use them to create literacy tools, headers for different sections of your white or black board, and even to create storyboards. For individual magnet play, use an old cookie or pizza sheet.
8. Use dry erase markers for more than just the dry erase board. Use them to write on desk tops, laminated surfaces, plastic plates and more!
9. Create a jar full of bonus activities specifically for when students finish their tests, quizzes, or work early. Activities will vary depending on the grade you teach, but this will keep students from interrupting other classmates if they finish their work early. Let them pick a craft stick and complete the activity written on it.
10. Decorate your bulletin boards with more than your typical poster paper. Think about all of the fun designs and decorations you could create using old pieces of scrapbook paper or fabric.
If you enjoyed these 10 easy classroom hacks, you also might like this student birthday chart for the classroom!
Thanks to Tara, former teacher and current blogger at Suburble for creating this fun round-up of easy classroom hacks!
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