Whether it’s a genius repurposing of an everyday item, another dollar-store find or a perfectly affordable way to organize your classroom, there’s nothing like proven teacher hacks to save you time and money. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Instagram-worthy teacher hacks straight from the source: you.
1. Use a fun screensaver to keep track of your devices.
Avoid numbering your devices using stickers that can leave an icky residue. Photos of yourself or your students make a fun alternative.
2. Use microfiber cloths to clean your whiteboards.
With minimal sewing skills, you can make mitts that are extra kid-friendly.
3. Use a spice rack to organize small supplies.
Because you can never find a paper clip when you need one.
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4. Try a drying rack for student art.
A laundry drying rack is a cheap and space-saving way to dry glued or painted projects.
5. Make a review game from dry-erase dice.
For $1, these dry-erase dice are the perfect learning activity for any subject.
6. Create student toolboxes.
Little hands love to lose things. Keep them organized with this handy teacher hack.
My kiddos are always losing their headphones, library tags, and passwords. My solution this year was to make this giant teacher toolbox for them where they could store all of that stuff that they don't need on a daily basis, but need often enough! It has worked perfectly!👍 #iteachthird #classroomorganization #teacherhacks #teachertoolbox #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #classroomdecor
7. Color-code your hall passes.
And hang them in a handy place where only you have access.
Binder clips for the win! These are our schools hall passes–a different color for each day so I got organized to help me remember which color each day is. This is behind my desk where only I can reach them ☺️☺️ #teacherhacks #binderclips #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #ilovemyjob #iteachjournalism #iteachtoo
8. Store X-ACTO knives in an old eraser.
9. Use a shoe rack to distribute work.
Save time on passing out assignments by giving your students a teacher-hack cubby where they can find their work.
10. Store paint in old soap dispensers.
And make art time a LITTLE less messy.
11. Make your own fidget toys.
Much cheaper than the ones on Amazon!
12. Use clothespins for pencil grippers.
This teacher hack is a cheap and simple way to help kids grasp their fine motor skills.
Sometimes you just need to try the simple (and cheaper) solutions. I tried every store bought pencil gripper and they all failed! This teacher hack works like a charm to get the kids to start holding their pencil properly:) #teacherlife #teacherproblems #teacherhacks #kindergarten #mrdarroch #pencilgrip
13. Store paintbrushes in toothbrush holders.
You can get them at the dollar store for a great organization hack at school and at home.
How does an art teacher disperse paint brushes and water? In cheapo dollar store toothbrush holders. Yup. Thank you Daiso-if you have one in your area, go. It's the most amazing Japanese dollar store franchise I've ever been to. Everything is between $1.50-$10. #cheapartteacher @daiso_usa #daiso #daisojapan #win #hacks #artroom #artroomfun #artclass #paintingdays #paint #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife #teacherhacks #teachers #teacher #teachershare #lol #arted #artteachersofinstagram #artteacher #art #arteducator #arteducation #iteachart #happyartteacher
14. Make duct tape bulletin board trim.
Stick colorful duct tape to wax paper to easily make borders for your bulletin boards. Bonus: Your students can help!
15. Use Popsicle sticks to call on students.
A colorful way to ensure every student gets a turn.
16. Make glue sponges.
Instead of going through a ton of glue sticks, dump a bottle of Elmer’s Glue over a sponge. Every few weeks, flip them and give them a spritz of water, and they’ll be good to go all school year.
17. Make your own classroom lighting.
Create a calming atmosphere in your classroom by putting an inexpensive string of fairy lights in a glass jar.
18. Color-code your art supplies.
For a truly Instagram-worthy teacher hack, grab free paint chips from a hardware store and get creative.
19. Make a simple dry-erase board.
With a plastic sleeve protector, your students have the freedom to try multiple times.
20. Put scissors in the dishwasher.
Remove all that sticky glue on your scissors by giving them a quick run through the dishwasher.
21. Glue decor to your desk. Yes … really.
You can scrape it off at the end of the year when all of your breakables will (finally) still be intact.
Artroom Hack: Hot Glue everything. If it is on my desk and I don't want it to be bumped into/ broken- it is hot glued. One of the best ideas I have ever had- hot glue the breakable objects on my desk. Just because it is an elementary art room doesn't mean I can't have nice things right? I place tape on the bottom then hot glue away. Students get so tempted to touch things on my desk and this way students don't accidentally knock it off the desk. #elementary #elementaryteacher #artroom #teacherhacks #hacks #hotglue #ceramics
22. Use straws for inexpensive pencil holders.
Give students a place to keep a pencil handy by taping down pieces of straws.
It's the simple things in life that make teachers happy…like not having to give the same student 7 pencils in one day because they keep knocking it on the floor and losing it which is ultimately killing 1,000's of trees 😆🙈✏️📝🍎 #teacher #teacherlife #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherhacks #missmyers #classroom #classroommanagement #ilostmypencil #savethepencils #milkshakestraw #ducttape #erieriseacademy #lovemystudents
23. Put bag hooks on the backs of student chairs.
Finally clear up the clutter on the floor.
I usually make my kiddos put their reading bags on the floor once we're working in small group. With a few germ-conscious kiddos, I decided to put command hooks on the backs of my chairs. They love it! #commandhooks #teacherhacks #hangyourreadingbag #iteachreading #michelleandthecolorfulclassroom @3m
24. Make yourself an “invisibility cloak.”
For this teacher, it’s her kitty ears. Putting them on reminds students to try to problem-solve on their own.
Sometimes I walk out with these on. I've posted about my "magic ears" before. I love love love them. I just point to them and students are reminded that they are to problem solve 99.9% of their problems on their own (while I'm working with small groups). These kitty ears make me invisible. Last year I was Minnie Mouse. The year before that, I was a princess. #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #itworks #mykittyears #2ndgrade #teacherfun #teacherhacks #daily5 #dailyfive #smallgroups 🐱✏️🍎
25. Use a pool noodle for a doorstop.
No more slamming doors!
26. Organize papers with magazine racks.
These are inexpensive ones from Ikea.
27. Use numbered clothespins to keep track of student work.
See whose work is done with just a glance.