You know that old saying, “Work smarter, not harder”… well, I’m here to let you in on a few classroom tips and hacks that I’ve picked up over the years to help you do just that. Making small changes to some of my supplies has made my everyday routine go smoother and easier, even with a classroom full of rambunctious kids. Check out these five tips for a smarter classroom and enjoy a boost in productivity this week!
Is your white board ledge full of dirty erasers and dried-out markers? Toss all that in the trash! Grab a pack of dry-erase markers and a pack of colorful pom-poms. Glue a pom-pom onto the end of each marker to use as an eraser and you have a 2-in-1 solution to your white board woes.
If you’re like me, you love a colorful classroom. From wall decorations to desk accessories, there are pops of color all over the place. So I thought to myself, why should my plastic storage organizers be plain? I jazzed them up by adding construction paper, using a different color for each drawer. You can even add labels to them, assigning a color to each drawer. One example is green paper for graded papers and red paper for ones that still need to be graded.
Handy Homework Tray
I love stocking up on plastic trays and baskets from Dollar Tree. For only a buck, you just can’t beat it for school supplies. I keep a tray on my desk for students to place their completed assignments. And, of course, I added some stickers and decorations inside, because why not?
Frosting Container Storage
Want an excuse to eat a bunch of frosting from the tub (as if you needed one)? Take those empty frosting containers and repurpose them. Use decorative wrapping paper to cover the frosting label. Then display them on your desk so they can be used with or without the lids to store supplies from pens and pencils to paper clips and thumb tacks. Speaking of thumb tacks…
Clothespin Thumb Tacks
This one is foolproof, people. Glue a clothespin to a thumb tack and voila! You have an easy way to quickly hang notes and papers on your classroom bulletin board. Plus, clothespins are so much cuter than a boring old push pin, am I right? You can even go the extra mile and decorate them!
I hope you enjoy these five tips, and be sure to check out the entire Teachers section of the blog for more ideas.