I had some trouble thinking of hacks that I use, so I went around my room, looking for creative ideas that I have learned over the years.
Hack 1: Never buy a stylus! Pick them up for free at conferences :)
Hack 2: Buy a $20 electric tea kettle. It's perfect for Millie's Sipping Broth and tea during study hall or a planning period.
Hack 3: Tony Riehl posted this idea to twitter awhile back and then shared it again at #TMC17. Phones are not the only distraction, so have something large enough to hold, say yearbooks, in May. I also keep a pad of post-it notes in the box so kids can label their distraction with their name before putting it in the box.
Hack 4: Label all the things! I have never taught in the same classroom for more than 3 years in a row. So I'm always packing all of my stuff up to move. I got smart awhile back and stopped unpacking fully. I just keep most things in their labeled box.
Hack 5: Buy more storage to house all the extra classroom supplies you splurge on. Seriously, this has become a bigger issue since Sarah Carter introduced me to NAEIR.
Hack 6: Shoe polishing mitts are great for dry erase pocket erasers and calculator tape is great for making manipulative number lines.
Hack 7: Business cards and half-sized index cards are great for making task cards and cards for review games.
Hack 8: You can buy giant rolls of graphing paper. I used this for an Ozobot project.
Hack 9: I give _____ of the month memberships as gifts sometimes. The boxes can be spray painted turned used in the classroom. I've used them for station supplies and general storage.
Hack 10: I've used my old legos (from Santa if you notice) as game pieces for review games.
Hack 11: Group work and be turned in and returned in laminated, numbered folders. They last all year.
Hack 12: Phone accessories make great prize box items, as does candy.
Hack 13: You can revive dried out markers (one time only) with pliers, an eye dropper, and rubbing alcohol.
Hack 14: An iPad stand and an app like Reflector or Stage can turn your iPad into a document camera. This is great for teaching topics like geometric constructions.
That's all for now. Be sure to check out the other #SundayFunday posts!