Classroom Hacks

As I’m gearing up for the new school year, I’m always scouring the internet for things I could incorporate into the classroom.  There are a few sites out there that does this (I’m told Pinterest has bunch of these) but I also wanted to share a few things I try to do to make life easier in the classroom, especially the set-up.

First, I teach 5th Grade so working in an elementary school does influence some of the choices I use in the classroom.  I’m thinking a few these could work with any grade level though.  I also don’t go “cute” too often in the classroom, but I do think trying to brighten the room helps keep the environment lively.

Now, I don’t have a lot of “hacks,” but I can share what I always use in the classroom.  I actually might add more to this post as I’m continuing to set-up the classroom next week.

1)  Fabric for Bulletin Boards

I know a few people already do this, but if you don’t, I highly recommend it.  A few places, especially fabric stores like Jo-Ann’s, will give you a discount as a teacher.  Instead of using monotone butcher or chart paper for your walls, you can actually get different patterns or designs, or even get sport-themed fabric to hang up on your walls.  Of course, you can still get the monotone colors for fabric as well, which I also do!


Here is one example from my classroom.  This will eventually be my Language Arts/Writing Wall

2)  Different Color Whiteboards for Displays

This is something new I’m going to try this year.  I was walking by a few “back-to-school” displays and saw purple, green, orange and blue whiteboards being sold.  Now, one of my bulletin boards is for school information and short of installing some digital display that would show the students school activities, I thought I could just thumb-tack a few of these colored whiteboards to the board and use fluorescent dry erase markers to write out messages weekly.  We’ll see how well I keep going with these!


Here’s the School News Board.  They’re easy to take down and the fluorescent markers show up pretty nicely. 

3)  Student numbers for easier filing.  

I think a lot of teachers already do this, but it also makes it easier for the students to file work.

4)  Equipment Checkout list

I created this as a job for our class economy, but it definitely works out well in terms of teaching responsibility and maintaining the quality of the equipment we have in class.  The equipment checkout person is responsible for signing out the equipment to students in the class and must make sure the equipment is returned properly.  If there are any issues with the equipment, then the student will report that to the teacher.

Those are a few things for now.  I may keep posting on this subject, but there are a few places you can look for any sort of classroom or teaching hack.  In fact, I just saw this website which gives you a few other things you can do as well.

As I said, I may continue posting on this topic next week.  I also decided to try to post twice a week, with a Tuesday/Friday schedule going (in case you wanted to know ;).  Now, if there are other teachers out there who may happen on this post, are there any other “hacks” you use within your own classrooms?  Please share with a comment below! 🙂

And teachers, don’t forget to have fun, be nice and work hard!

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