14 Genius #TeacherHacks to Try in Your Classroom

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, teachers could always use a little hack to save time or make things easier. Here are a few of our favorites from teachers on Instagram that made the list!

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1. Individual toothbrush travel packs with pencils for the week!

@thebirghtsunflower assigns a toothbrush travel case to each of her students. Each case contains 5 pencils (one for each day of the week). She then collects them on Friday to sharpen them. This hack avoids pencil sharpener interruptions, it saves pencils, as the kids are now responsible for their own sets, and overall, it saves everyone’s sanity.

Get a set of 20 toothbrush travel cases for a little over $20 on Amazon. While you’re at it, grab a pack of 150 pencils for a under $13 here!

2. Switch it up with a student lottery instead of popsicle sticks!

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Instead of popsicle or paint sticks, I use a student lottery! I write each of my student’s names on a ping pong ball and house them in a fish bowl. I use these when I need to choose a student randomly, for accountability answers, creating random partners, etc. Since it’s called a lottery, I’ve found that the kiddos get excited when they hear the ping pong balls being moved around because they “win” the opportunity to share out or partner with someone new! It’s all about mindset, right? This certainly isn’t a new idea—my 4th grade teacher did this and it stuck with me so much I wanted to use it in my classroom! . . . . How do you randomly choose students in the classroom? . . . #studentlottery #classroomresources #classroomideas #equitysticks #backtoschool #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #iteachtoo #iteachfourth #4thgrade #iteach4th #teachergram #coloradoteacher #flexibleseating #flexibleseatingclassroom #flexseating

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3. Spacer sticks for kids who have trouble putting spaces between their words

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If your kids are having trouble remembering to put spaces between their words, grab some of the large craft sticks and put their names on them. I also wrote “spacer stick” on mine! Cheap but very effective! ✏️ Read about how I launch Writing Workshop by clicking the link in my bio. http://mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com/2016/09/launching-writing-workshop.html?m=0 #Teacherlife #teaching #teachersfollowteachers #homeschool #teachersofinstagram #classroom #teach #iteachtoo #teacherproblems #teacherspayteachers #tpt #lifeofateacher #primaryschool #teachersofig #iteach #teacherslife #earlychildhood #earlylearning #iteachk #iteachfirst #iteachsecond #iteachthird #teacherprobs #earlychildhoodeducation #happyteacher #iloveteaching #teachergram #teachersrock #mrswheelersfirstgrade

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4. Feelings Chart

5. Fix the great pencil problem with this hack

If you’re good with a hand drill, you can recreate this hack in a few minutes. Grab a block of wood at Lowe’s or Home Depot, make the right amount of holes to match the number of students in your class with a hand drill. Use a sharpie to number each pencil and hole, and voilà, the pencils have a home at the end of each school day!

6. Build up fine motor skills and your kids’ math practice with this fun and innovative matching activity

7. Silicone cupcake holders to organize all your stationery

You’ll need: a cupcake stand and some silicone cupcake holders for this awesome idea!

8. Reuse those playdough containers to grow some cute little plants

9. Use shaving cream to practice math… How fun!

10. Glue pompoms to the end of your Expo markers so you have an eraser handy at any time, and to spot them easily in a pile!

Grab a bag of large assorted pom poms for under $9 here!

11. Remind your kids there are set times to use the sharpener. You’d be surprised how a simple sign can do wonders!

12. Have a supply board using pegboard

13. Keep track of where your kids are at any time with this cute $3 pass board from Target!

14. Use Dollar Tree bins to reorganize your closet and bring happiness to your soul.

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