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Tricks Every School Teacher Should Know This Fall

Glad Press ‘n Seal is a cheaper way to stencil vinyl than transfer paper.

Put up a QR code at Open House so the parents can easily pull up all of your contact info on their phones.

Make inexpensive inspirational quotation posters with ReciteThis.com .


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Use double-sided tape or hot glue OVER painter’s tape to keep from ruining the walls.

Use outdoor mounting tape for heavy things like bulletin boards.


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Use colored dots to make groups easy.


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Instead of giving students bathroom passes, give them hand sanitizer bottles to ensure clean hands.

Plastic tablecloths from the dollar store make durable bulletin board coverings.


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As does an inexpensive flat sheet.


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Put your colored paper in hanging filing folders to keep them neat.


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Here’s how you keep your markers lasting as long as possible:


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Need to seal in some marker? Use clear nail polish!


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Use an app like Noise Down , which will automatically sound an alarm when the decibel level gets too high.


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Designate one student as the “Ask Me” student who can answer the questions of other students while you’re busy assisting others.


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Leftover Easter egg dye can be used to color clothespins.


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Make pocket wallets out of regular folders to store index cards and the like.

If you’ve got clogged glue caps, soak them in vegetable oil.

Have kids practice their fine motor skills by painting with water on chalkboard.


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Velcro on carpet creates seating positions for your kids.


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Or use old DVD cases.


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Make an “I’m Done!” cup so that early finishers aren’t bored.


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Give kids a visual way to represent their status as they work independently.


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When a student is working extra hard, give them a set of smart beads to wear.


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Make your student a reminder bracelet when you really want them to remember something.


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Easily swap out categories for shelves by using binder clips.


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Use painter’s tape on a chalkboard or whiteboard as a place for students to practice their penmanship.


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Use cardboard magazine holders to create individual storage units for each student.


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Boxes from the post office are perfect for this.


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Stick pompoms to the end of your dry-erase markers for an instant eraser.


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A straw dispenser makes the perfect pencil dispenser.


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Create a turn-in bin with clothespins that are labeled with each student’s name.


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Easily get the wrappers off crayons by soaking them in water.


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Have a self-service spot for kids who were absent.


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Create a system of silent hand signals that don’t disrupt the class.


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For kids who can’t help but have an awkward grip on their writing utensils, have them hold a cotton ball or small rubber ball between ring and pinky fingers.


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A roasting pan is a cheap and easy way to make a homework tray.


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Make your paintbrushes last longer by washing them with conditioner.


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Snack Tupperware containers are great for rolling dice and making sure they don’t get lost or fly across the room.


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Make your own homemade glue dots for hanging things on your windows.


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