#TeacherHacks: The 20 Best Instagram Teacher Hacks of 2019

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It’s that time of the school year: you feel like you’re dragging your tired, overly-tested body over the finish line. It’s time to mix things up and inject a little fun into your everyday. A great place to start is the #teacherhacks hashtag on Instagram! Below are some of the best. 

1. The Spoiler Alert

This. is. genius. As the year winds down and attention spans wane, nothing says “get it together” like the the threat of ruining your favorite movie.

2. If you like it, take a picture of it! QR codes!

I didn’t realize that you no longer need an app to scan QR codes! I think this a huge reason many teachers don’t utilize them more

3. Zone Defense via Tape

I have used tape quite a bit in my classroom, as well! It is especially useful now as stations become a popular end-of-year review. Create “zones” in your classroom using different colored tapes.

4. Simple–but Genius–Glue Stick Hack

This barely needs a caption because we. have. all. been. there.

5. Visual Rewards via Post-its!

I love this idea. Each time the class meets an expectation, the post-it is removed and they’re one step closer to revealing their prize. 

6. Jenga Review

I love this Jenga review game! It could be applied to so many subjects and grade levels. What a great way to add some tactile fun to yet another review sheet!

7. Hot Glue on Painters Tape

Are you starting the process of taking down your posters for End of Year testing? Do you deeply regret your use of hot glue? This is for you!

8. Bracelet Partners

I love this sure fire way of getting kids into groups quickly and without a fuss.

9. Call to Attention–with a Doorbell?

I have used various ways to get my students to focus on me while working in groups or during loud activities–but this is by far the simplest solution I have seen. Just push a button!

10. Sanitizing Stations

This is such a great way to minimize disruption during the final testing! Genius!

11. Clipboard Hack

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In case you didn't see my teacher trick post about clipboard stands back in July, I wanted to show you again! These are PERFECT for displaying center directions, propping up students' rough drafts so they can easily copy (and fold the back in when they're not using it for putting away flat and easily) their final drafts (and not lose them!), displaying directions for parents during open houses/conferences/etc…. really anything you want a stand for!! I go to the dollar store and buy cheap frames to take the backs from and turn them into clipboard stands! Click the link in my profile or go to https://missgiraffesclass.blogspot.com/2017/04/teacher-tricks-for-reading-and-writing.html for super simple directions on how to make them for your classroom! It's super easy and can be classroom changing! I got this idea from @sweetsoundsofkinder who makes/uses these for rough drafts! 😍 I hope you've been enjoying my teacher tricks post as much as I enjoy making them – if there are any particular things you struggle with and would love tips for, please let me know! Thinking of (sometimes silly but) effective solutions to #teacherproblems is one of my favorite hobbies #teachernerd 😎 so tell me your #teacherstruggles & let me get to work to try to help!! 🕵️‍♀️💕 #teachershelpingteachers #teachertips #teachertricks #teachersfollowteachers #classroomtipsandtricks #classroomideas #teachersofinstagram #teachertrick #iteachfirst #iteachk #iteachsecond #teachersofig #iteach1st #teacherlife #teachertip #iteachkinder #iteach456 #iteachwriting #iteach345 #iteachthird

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I love this, especially for class lists or emergency papers since so much of the end-of-the-year can involve alternate schedules or extra outside time. 

12. Color-coordinated Files

Now is the perfect time to get organized for next year. This is a simple, easy-to-maintain way to organize construction paper.

13. While you’re at it–color-code those computers!

This makes passing out and picking up a breeze–and hopefully helps tame the cords, too!

14. Extra Marker Station

Put those rogue markers to good use! 

15. Key Cards

Love this idea for teachers, subs and even students–especially those in a new school.

16. Teacher To-do List

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Teacher To-Do Lists! ✏️🗒 We all have them, but do your STUDENTS write yours??? 🤓 This anchor chart has given our crazy kiddos a place to jot down any questions or requests that they may have for me! This way, they are not interrupting instruction, they do not have to wait, and nothing is forgotten! We take off a sticky note once I have time in our hectic schedule and chip away at our list. Plus, this chart was beyond helpful after coming back from my long maternity leave 🙌🏻💙 FIND THIS FREEBIE IN OUR STORE! Link in our bio! • • • • • • • #teachers #iteachfirst #loveofteaching #iteachk #happilyeverelementary #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacher #teacherlife #crafts #iteachsecond #iteachthird #iteachfourth #teacher #teachersday #teacherproblems #firstgrade #classroominspiration #teacher #anchorcharts #teachertodolist #todolist

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A great way to table questions and requests until the appropriate time! I think this would be a genius first-day of school display the front of the classroom when students are bomboarding you with so many questions!

17. DIY Dice

Dice can be used in a surprising number of cross-curricular activites–but they’re loud! These foam cubes are a great (cheap!) alternative. 

18. Tablecloth Bulletin Board Covers

File this under: Why Didn’t I Think of That? Cute, cost-effective coverage. Nailed it!

19. Basically, Markers and Tape for Everything

Putting the tops all together hopefully prevents markers from drying out and the age old, “you took my top!” argument. 

20. New Student Bag

Lastly, this is such a great way to welcome a new student. As your school supplies come in next year, set some aside so that a fresh face will have all they need to get started. 

20 Best #teacherhacks of 2019

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JamieOKillian

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I am a Southern gal, mama to two kids (8 years and 6 months) and I have been teaching middle school for over 7 years. I love to go hiking or read a book in my free time. My favorite part of teaching is connecting with kids over things beyond just academics--teenagers are awesome!

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