20 Classroom Hacks We’ve Learned from Teachers on TikTok


20 New Hacks We've Learned from Teachers on TikTok

In case you didn’t already know, TikTok is not just a music video app for kids! Over the past few months, teachers have been creating TikTok accounts to engage, reward, and entertain their students during distance learning. 

More recently, teachers have been connecting with each other to share tips, tricks, and hacks through TikTok videos. Some educators are sharing must-have products, like Dollar Tree dry-erase bins, while others are sharing technology hacks that will change a teacher’s life. The best part about TikTok Teacher hacks is that the videos usually contain a step-by-step tutorial and explanation on how to bring these hacks to life! Here are 20 awesome hacks that are trending on TikTok today.

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1. Glue your pieces of paper to the laminating pouch before putting it through the laminator to ensure the papers don’t move around.

@thecrazycreativeteacher

##teachertips ##tiktokteacher ##teacher ##teacherhack ##teachers ##fyp ##foryou

♬ original sound – thatcrazyteacher

2. Color-code pencils and reward the group that has the most pencils left at the end of each week

@mulesinmathmode

##teacherhack ##pencilhack ##teachersoftiktok ##teachertiktok ##fyp

♬ Wii – Mii Channel – Super Guitar Bros

In this hack, not only are pencils flagged so students are reminded to return pencils where they belong, but they are also color-coded by table or period. So, if Table 1 (red flagged pencils) has more pencils left in their bin at the end of the week than Table 2 (blue flagged pencils), then they can receive a small reward.

3. Change the direction of your stapling for looser or tighter stapling needs

@jacquelineseawrig

##teacherhack Change for 🧻 thickness! ##didyouknow ##preschool ##teacherlife

♬ original sound – jacquelineseawrig

Reversing the stapling settings so that the staple points outward is a hack for temporarily attaching papers that are intended to be separated again soon. This hack could be used for student projects/crafts that are intended to be separated upon assembly!

4. Store your dry-erase markers upside down to make them last longer

@thecrazycreativeteacher

Because we’ll have to go back eventually! ##teachertips ##teacher ##tiktokteacher ##teachersoftiktok ##tiktokclassroom ##teacherhack ##ikeahack ##expomarker

♬ original sound – thatcrazyteacher

5. Tape marker caps together so students can pull off markers and the caps won’t get lost

@.mariam26

Check out this hack to avoid losing markers! ##teacherHack ##parenthack ##distancelearning ##remoteteaching

♬ original sound – mariamora756

6. Use Dollar Tree tablecloths instead of paper for bulletin boards

@misswinters

& yes I do put borders up. Ignore the ragged edges ✌🏼😅 ##dollartree ##teacher ##teacherhack ##teachersoftiktok ##fyp ##foryou ##YoplaitCupRelay

♬ #YoplaitCupRelay – Yoplait

7. Create a dry-erase Word Wall by laminating each section

@miss_thompson

##teacherhack ##teachersoftiktok ##tiktokteacher ##teacherlife ##fyp

♬ original sound – brooklynnichol94

If you’ve ever used a Word Wall in your classroom then you know that they are constantly changing and growing as the school year goes on. Having a dry-erase Word Wall makes it easy for students to add their own words to the wall and for teachers to adjust it as necessary!

8. Put velcro on chromebooks and desks so that chromebooks aren’t sliding around

@shamwow_nope

& THATS on doing too much ##teacher ##teacherhack ##tiktokhack ##lifehack ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage

♬ I’m Just a Kid – Simple Plan

9. Use a ball of sticky tack to remove stuck sticky tack from the back of unlaminated posters

@msartteacher

Sticky Tack ##teacherhack ##lifehack

♬ original sound – msartteacher

10. Put dice inside of mini plastic containers to avoid dice flying across the classroom

@hey_mrs_k_

Dollar Tree for life ##dollartree ##teacherhack ##TikTokBrushes ##teachertip ##teacher ##classroom ##firstyearteacher ##5thgrade ##teachertiktok

♬ Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

11. Use travel soap containers to store decks of cards

@hey_mrs_k_

Just a little addicted to Dollar Tree. (Travel soap containers also work!) ##teacherhack ##dollartree ##teachertip ##teacher ##firstyearteacher ##5thgrade

♬ Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

12. Use durable ribbon for bulletin board borders instead of paper

@littlemissbec

Part 2 ✨ ##makesense ##tiktokteacher ##teacherhack ##teachertiktok ##teacher ##first ##makesense ##classroom ##organization

♬ Peace – Bethel Music

13. Use a dry-erase marker to remove sharpie from dry-erase surfaces

@nicolelyashenko

Years of using a white board taught me something – how to get sharpie off your board using an expo marker! ##fyp ##foryou ##lifehacks ##teacherhacks

♬ Roses – Imanbek Remix – SAINt JHN

Have you ever accidentally used a sharpie on a dry erase surface? Good news! If you color over the sharpie with a dry erase marker then wipe it away, you can remove the sharpie from the surface quickly.

14. Repurpose dried out markers and make watercolor paint

@alicat_in_wonderland

Repurposing dried out markers! ##foryou ##fyp ##teacher ##teacherhack ##reuseidea ##diy

♬ original sound – alicat_in_wonderland

Before recycling dried out markers, you need to try this hack! Put like colors upside down into a cup of water overnight. Swish it around a little in the morning, then students can use the colored water for painting and other art projects!

15. Use a Dollar Tree disposable cake pan as a playdough tray!

@crystal_dianne

Dollar Store Teacher Hacks for Pre-K ##tiktokteacher ##teachersoftiktok ##TeacherHack ##FYP ##foryoupage ##TeacherLife ##DollarStore ##PreK

♬ Hold On – Moguai,Cheat Codes

16. Velcro all of your remotes to the inside of a binder for versatile use and safe keeping

@createandeducate

TEACHER HACK! (How to keep all your remotes in one place!) ##fup ##teacher ##teacherhack ##teacherlife

♬ original sound – createandeducate

This hack is INCREDIBLE! Velcro all of your classroom remotes to the inside of a binder. The binder is then portable, can hang off the side of a cart, or can stand up on its own at a small group table. Not to mention that having all of your remotes in one place also decreases the chances of losing them throughout the day!

17. Use magic erasers (and elbow grease) to clean out pencil caddies

@teaching.mrs.peterson

Magic erasers & elbow grease. 😍 ##cleaninghack ##teacherlife ##clean ##teacherhack ##teachersoftiktok ##teacher

♬ death bed (coffee for your head) – Powfu

18. Click ctrl + shift + t to re-open tabs you accidentally exed out mid-lesson

@mrs_litz

I love learning new shortcuts 😎 ##teacherhack ##todaywelearned ##myfavorite ##teacherlife

♬ Piraten – Ali Affront & Zleyr

A quick tech hack because this is such a relatable moment. It’s the middle of math and you found the cutest introduction video to adding double-digit numbers, but OH NO… one kid is telling you about their dog while another has been sharpening their pencil for five minutes straight, you’re feeling distracted and you accidentally ex out the tab with the cute math video. DON’T WORRY- click ctrl+shift+t to return any tabs recently exed out.

19. Use dish racks to hold your classroom Chromebooks during the school day

@kyleeherndon

Teacher ideas through Summer! ##teachersoftiktok ##teacher ##teacherhacks ##elementaryteacher

♬ original sound – kyleeherndon

You can purchase affordable dish racks on Amazon.

20. Make a booklet without any staples or tape

@fancynancyin5th

Make a booklet for any subject, any grade level~! ##learnontiktok ##tiktokpartner ##teachersoftiktok ##project ##booklet ##teacherhacks

♬ Bubblegum K.K. – caughtincandyy

If you’ve had enough with stapling and taping booklets that end up falling apart anyway, this hack is for you. With a pair of scissors, multiple folds, and a tutorial from @fancynancyin5th on TikTok, you can bring your booklet-making game to a whole new level.

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Jenna Marcal

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Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Upstate New York! She loves to cook, dance, and dance while cooking! When she's not taking care of her succulent babies, Jenna can be found grading a stack of papers with one hand and holding a chilled glass of white wine in the other.

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