Funniest #TeacherHacks on Instagram You’re Going to Want to Try in Your Classroom


Sometimes the best hacks are the simplest ones. Check out these creative teachers and how they manage the chaos with some hilarious hacks. Do you have a teacher hack you use in the classroom you need to share with fellow teachers? Send them in to us at [email protected] for a chance to be featured!

1. How to make your sharpies not disappear!

2. Two for the price of one — cut your composition books in half, or have Home Depot do it for you!

3. Use memes to let your students know you’ve had enough of repeating yourself.

4. Turn your collaboration desk into a whiteboard with some dry-erase laminate.

5. Number each pencil and assign a number to each student.

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In the month of October, my class went through almost ? ✏️s!! ? Some grew legs and walked away. Some were shredded, chewed on, pulled apart, or otherwise destroyed. Some may have been eaten as snacks. I don’t know, but I knew we couldn’t keep this up. I have always believed in community supplies for first grade to promote equity, sharing, and collective responsibility. While this continues to be true, I knew we needed to reduce our pencil consumption. Yes, we are fortunate enough to have incredibly generous in donating supplies, but we were being wasteful, irresponsible and disrespectful of those supplies. What to do? Enter “The Great Pencil ✏️ Challenge” (credit to another amazing teacher on the internet that I saw once upon a time). Each student got a pencil with his/her number on a color-coded tag that matched the table color (credit to my amazing colleague Donna for this idea). Students had to keep and take care of the pencil for two weeks. If, at the end of two weeks, they could return the pencil in decent condition, they would get a special pencil to take home. Twenty-five pencils were given out. Can you guess how many were returned? TWENTY-FOUR. And the one that was unaccounted for, I had seen earlier that day. I couldn’t believe it. It took a little time to get the tape cut and on the pencils, but in the end, it was worth it! Next, we’ll try for three weeks!! Way to go CIA Hotel Company! #greatpencilchallenge #elementaryteacher #elementaryteacherhacks #teacherhacks #managingthechaos #schoolsupplies

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6. Or use label stickers to write kids’ names on their pencils directly!

7. If you’re an essential oils-lover…

8. Make students accountable for their missing glue lids, by color-coordinating!

9. Host a “Starbooks” party to get your students to read!

10. Display sight words on your windows using washable window markers!

11. Get your Santa Cams out and watch your students behave like never before!

12. Save this sharpie removal hack RIGHT NOW, because we all know it will come in handy one day or another.

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It’s terrific Teacher Tuesday here on my feed and today, I’m excited to share some awesomely simple and genius #teacherhacks!! . . First up… Check out these tips about how to remove permanent marker from @teaching_in_colour_!! I sure could have used this list when my son decided to draw a face and his name on my wall a few years ago!! ?? . . Swipe to see… . . A really cool stamp idea from @the.crafty.teacher that’s a great way to communicate with parents and an easy way to make seating charts using post it flags, instead of my usual pencil and paper way. Much better!! Thank you for a great idea @simplyacuteideas ?✏️? . . . #teacherlove #teachersofinstagram #teachergram #classroomhacks #schooltipsandtricks

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13. Spread kindness, not germs!

14. Use FREE paint swatches for number recognition and vocabulary = GENIUS!

15. Fair warning: No tiny pencils in this classroom…

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Ya feel me? ✏️

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Do you have a teacher hack you use in the classroom you need to share with fellow teachers?

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