24 Awesome Teacher Hacks to Keep Your Classroom Under Control

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Everything you need this year to make your life a little bit easier in the classroom. Because we can use all the help we can get! 

1. Quiet Spray

Teacher hacks1_Bored TeachersVia: The Lemonade Stand Teacher

The quiet spray always works wonders. It brings a bit of mist and lots of smiles to your students' faces!

2. The Tattle Phone

Teacher Hacks2_Bored TeachersVia: Coyne's Crazy Fun Classroom

Probably the best invention ever made. Kids report their tattle to the phone connected to the teacher's private voicemail. Have the kids write their names on a piece of paper and dial the secret number for a fine motor exercise beforehand, and keep the kids in control at any time.

3. Pencils with motivational messages.

Teacher Hacks3_Bored TeachersVia: Pernille Rippe

Great idea to remind your students every day they've got what it takes, and they can move mountains. Sharpies work perfectly on all pencils!

4. Wrap a rubber band or a hair tie on your hand sanitizer bottle. 

Teacher Hacks4_Bored TeachersVia: A Turn to Learn

Avoid the mess!

5. Ouchie Lotion.

Teacher Hacks5_Bored TeachersVia: Miss Giraffe's Class

This works wonders in pre-k, kindergarten, and lower elementary classrooms. Simply stick an "Ouchie Lotion" label on a regular body lotion and watch the magic happen with any boo-boo.

6. Dry-erase circle vinyls on the tables to make learning fun!

Teacher Hacks6_Bored TeachersVia: Kinder Keri - The Connected Teacher

7. Smart & fun way to appoint tasks to each student. 

Teacher Hacks7_Bored TeachersVia: Better Homes & Gardens

Write a different task/exercise on each ping-pong ball. Then let each student pick away!

8. Easy & cute pencils/pens/paint brushes/dry erase markers/etc. organizer.

Teacher Hacks8Via: Clutter-Free Classroom

All you need is a shoe box and toilet paper rolls! Find other cheap DIY hacks for the classroom here.

9. A no-name board. 

Teacher HAcks9_Bored TeachersLearn how to make it here: 3rd Grade Thoughts

You know, for all those papers that are turned in with no names on, no matter how many times you reminded them not to forget to write their names at the top!

10. A cell phone jail.

Teacher Hacks10_Bored TeachersVia: School Councelor Central

Control the cell phone madness in your classroom. See more fun phone jail ideas here.

11. Colored numbered stickers on the floor.

Teacher Hacks11_Bored TeachersVia: Kleinspiration.com

Great way to get kids to line up without fighting, pushing and running everywhere.

12. Stay organized with these cute cheap DIY binder clip tabs!

Teacher Hacks12_Bored TeachersLearn how to make these here: Literacy Loves Company

13. Plastic plates work just as well as mini white boards. Plus they're much cheaper!

Teacher Hacks13_Bored TeachersVia: Elementary Nest

14. Cheap stress relief for "those" moments in class. 

Teacher Hacks14_Bored TeachersVia: The Pin Junkie

Good for the students as much as the teacher!

15. Silent Sprinkles for those chatty kids! 

Teacher Hacks15_Bored TeachersVia: Learning Adventures With Mrs. Gerlach

Simply fill up a sugar shaker with rice to make sure nothing comes out of it, and watch your class quiet down in a second!

16. Easy & fun reading set-ups.

Teacher Hacks16_Bored TeachersVia: Building a House of Love

Turn over chair and read! Find more reading corner ideas here.

17. Cool Down Cubes

Teacher Hacks17_Bored TeachersVia: Crafty Councelor Chick

"Great for students who have difficulty with anger. Using a permanent marker, write a safe "cool down" strategy on each ice cube. For example: count to ten, walk away, talk to a friend, take three deep breaths, etc. Leave a few of the cubes blank so that the students could come up with their own strategies."

18. I'm Lost Bin

Teacher Hacks18_Bored TeachersVia: Miss Giraffe's Class

"Students will have a place to put those things for the time being and not have to ask you about it. Then, you can look through it at your leisure to help put them away or make it a responsible students' job."

19. Recycle & easy-to-use paint containers

Teacher Hacks19_Bored TeachersVia: Pinterest

Put all your different paints in squeeze ketchup bottles. Easy to use, and cheap to make - the perfect add-on to any classroom!

20. Micro-fiber facial pads white board erasers.

Teacher Hacks20_Bored TeachersVia: Daughters and Kindergarten

Get them at the Dollar-Tree and make the perfect individual dry erase board erasers. Each kid can have his own, and they'll last you months.

21. Pencil problem solution!

Teacher HAcks21_Bored TeacherVia: Pinterest

Cut straws, and duct tape them to the desk. No more pencils rolling around and/or disappearing!

22. From "To-Go Cup" to "No-Spill Paint Cup"! 

Teacher Hacks22_Bored TeachersVia: Be Brave, Keep Going

For a cleaner mess, recycle Starbucks' coffee cups as paint holders.

23. Use painter's tape on your white board, to have kids practice their writing. 

Teacher Hacks23_Bored TeachersVia: Memos From a Multi Sensory Teacher

Cheap and easy, no residue left behind!

24. Transform a Pringles box into a cute ruler holder!

TEacher Hacks24_Bored TeachersVia: 3rd Grade Gridiron 

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