I want to share some of my classroom hacks that you can use tomorrow in your classroom. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links where I'm paid a small fee from Amazon for sharing links.
1. Table Points
2. Sit Spots
3. Center Organization
4. Copy Clips
5. Turn in basket
8. Differentiate work
I don't have time to pass out 5 different sets of Word Study words. These magnetic pockets from Lakeshore have been a lifesaver. I just place the work inside and students come find their folder and grab their work!
Use bins from Dollar Tree or Big Lots to organize your books in your library. They hold up well and are a lot less expensive than some of the teacher supply stores. I made a video for you to see some different options you can use. No more messy libraries, I promise! Learn how to level your library here.
10. Focus Board
Use washi tape to create a focus board in your classroom.
11. Memory Book
I love using this bulletin board display that turns into a memory book. I especially love that the students are in charge of hanging up their own work! I've talked about creating these memory books here for you. Get the writing and art activities for the entire year, here!
Katie Knight says
Love this post⭐️?⭐️?⭐️?
Thank you, Katie!
Agnes Teclar says
I’ll try some. Thanks!
Alexia Neill says
Hello Mrs. Kristen! I will be entering my second year of teaching first, and these tips are indeed helpful! I have a question about you jobs. How do you let students choose what jobs they want; as in who gets to choose first, second, third, etc.? Is there a system you use for this or do you randomly call on students every several weeks?
Thank you for your time, intentionality, and advice!
In the beginning of the year, I explain all of the jobs. Then I grab the sticks with the students number on them and call them randomly to tell me what job they want. Once that job is full (2 people max for most), they have to pick something else. We switch out jobs about every 2 months. I’ve never had anyone complain (too much) because they didn’t get the job they wanted!
How do you keep the table signs from falling over?
My kids keep them in their table caddy so they don’t fall over that often!
Love this post! I’ve learned sooo many tips from you that have made my teaching day so much more organized and happier! Thanks for sharing!!
Great ideas! On the focus board what did the teacher use as the pink border ?
Adepeju Dinyo says
I love this post. Thank you. In my School, the children move to other classes for lessons and some other come to mine as well… any ideas on how to manage the time it takes then to actually move out and not forget anything behind?
Just lots of modeling as you share your expectations. Practice a lot to help make transitions run smoothly the entire year!
Where can I find the I can posters for your focus board?
I bought them on TpT from Surfing into Second.
These are awesome! Almost makes me want to go back to elementary. Now…to see how to translate these great ideas to middle school, 8th grade. 🤗 Thanks for the inspiration!!
Jackie Marie Beyer says
U rock! Where have u been all my life? This is my fifth year of teaching at least thanks for sharing! Cant wait to get to my room! My kids are gonna love these changes:)
You’re so sweet, thank you!
I appreciate your kind words, Jackie!
How do you connect them to the wall? I am sorry but I must have skipped over that part.
Just staple the 4 corners and the middle!
I love your tips- especially your memory book idea!!!!!!!
Unfortunately, I am unable to staple folders to the wall, since the walls are concrete. Any other hanging suggestions?
Wow! I have read a lot of blogs, but none of them have ever made me so inspired like yours. Thank you for all the tips, tricks, videos and resources. I love how everything you need is right in this one post! I love it! Thank you!!
I’m going into my 3rd year of teaching and I wanted to implement the table points. I will be teaching Kindergarten this upcoming year, I wanted to know some strategies on how to introduce it to the class and how to implement it with them? Does the winning table get a prize? Do you have the start from scratch each week? Is Kindergarten too young to begin this with them? Any advice would be great!
We start fresh every week. On Fridays, the table with the most points gets our read alouds for the week in a book box. I’ve done food rewards in the past, going to lunch early, treasure box. etc. I used this in K as well so they can definitely handle it!
Wow….I have so much work to do! I am moving down to first grade, after10 years in the 4-6th grade classrooms, I’m so excited, though, and am thankful I happened to find you!
CarolDee Ramos says
I teach high school and your ideas are great, but definitely geared for elementary school. I have a hack that keeps me sane. I label a wall, door with “Have you been a sent?” Then I take one folder for each class/level I teach. As I take attendance I label whatever worksheet, quiz or handout with students name and place it in folder, this way I don’t have to go crazy looking for what I did and it’s the student responsibility to pick up work. It really was a life changer when I came up with this.
Thank you for the great ideas!
Kim thornton says
I love the memory book. The link goes to a two print folder. Is that what you used? The way yours are hung it only looks like one.
Yes! Just cut it in half so one folder will work for 2 students!
I use clothespins with student numbers for turning in homework and graded work. I have a homework tray with black sharpie numbered clothespins by the window and another try by my desk with red sharpie numbered clothespins. I can see in an instant who has not turned in their work. Students will call out #5 and #16 haven’t turned in homework.