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Are you a Kindergarten through 5th-grade teacher looking for innovative ways to enhance your classroom experience? Look no further! At Fair Winds Teaching, we’ve compiled a list of 30 essential teacher tools that will transform your teaching and classroom management. From organization hacks to interactive resources, we’ve got you covered.
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Let’s dive right in!
Avoid classroom code forgetfulness by printing all your class codes on a convenient ring placed near your Chromebook cart. This empowers students to access codes independently, fostering self-reliance without disrupting your lessons.
Say goodbye to dried-up markers without their caps. Secure marker caps with packing tape, encouraging students to maintain marker care and enabling smooth color sharing during assignments.
Discover some of my favorite essential teacher tool websites, including:
1. PDFCandy.com – Best FREE PDF Converter
2. Classful.com – Fundraise, Shop, and Sell your educational resources
3. Slidesgo.com – Amazing Google Slide and PPT Templates
4. Remove.bg – Remove the background to any photo in a flash!
Craft your own letter tile boards using simple materials from Dollar Tree, such as clipboards or magnetic baking sheets, buy some magnetic sticky paper, download these tiles and boom! Cost-effective letter tile board that provide lasting utility.
Optimize laminator use with six handy tips, including:
1. Use a glue stick to ensure small piece don’t fall out when laminating!
2. Switch your laminator to 5 millimeter and laminate two sheets at one time.
3. Connect multiple sheets of lamination or make a big poster using your glue stick.
4. Run your lamination through a second time to iron out those crinkles.
5. Use your scrap pieces of lamination and have your students create reading group magnifying glasses.
6. Glue together unused laminating sheets, with the glossy side out, to use scrap pieces!
Ever lose track of who brought in their Halloween party money or your daily breakfast count?
Efficiently track various classroom tasks with customizable class checklists, perfect for subjects, daily counts, and reusable laminated versions for daily use.
Explore three of my favorite organization hacks for your students and classroom:
*Zipper Mesh Bags – These color-coded mesh bags with zippers are big enough to fit lamination pieces, smaller items that you can use for game centers, they can even fit a book, and more!
*Clear Pocket Envelopes – I love these Velcro pouches that fit in three ring binders. Great for organizing all of your loose pieces in your notebook!
*Mini Snack Containers – These little snack containers that snap from the Dollar Tree are amazing to organize all the small pieces from my reading group!
Are your students always losing their place in their journals? Look no further! I’ve been using these covers and journal tabs for years!
Help students keep their place in journals with customizable covers and tabs. These personalized tools enhance organization and engagement.
Harness the power of sticky notes by printing text or images on them. Check out my free template below to print in three different sizes for your classroom!
Want to know how to get the glare off of your lamination? Eliminate lamination glare from classroom posters with matte enamel spray! The perfect solution for enhancing visibility without compromising aesthetics!
Hate how you can’t go far with your hot glue done? Upgrade to a wireless glue gun for increased classroom mobility and flexibility! Easily tackle projects across the room without restrictions.
My favorite is the Wireless Glue Gun from Surebonder! Check it out below!
Struggling with being well planned and ready for guided reading groups? Look no further, this resource bundle is for you!
Simplify your guided reading groups with this exclusive bundle featuring a guided reading weekly plan, informal running records, student tools, progress monitoring sheets, and more!
Want an easy way to promote great hallway behavior? Lip Smacker chapsticks are great to add a little swirl on each student’s hands. They love to smell them and it’s a an easy and effective tool for getting your students to follow the classroom rules!
Prevent broken pencils from cluttering your classroom floor. Use two containers and labels to distinguish between pencils that need sharpening and those available for use. Then assign a student to sharpen the pencils!
What better way to end the school week than with a Friday morning dance party! Every Friday morning is “Funky Friday” in Mrs. Jeffers classroom!
You can infuse excitement into your Friday mornings with my student safe playlists on the @FairWindsTeaching page on Spotify. Check out the playlists below!
Magic Eraser for EVERYTHING! Utilize magic erasers for cleaning various surfaces in your classroom, from walls and containers to bookshelves and desks. I like the extra durable ones in the link below!
Bonus tip – Cut them in half or quarters and they last longer!
End the hassle of no-name papers by assigning students a unique number and providing hole-punched folders for organization. I’ve used mine for years with no prep from year to year. It also makes grading incredibly easy!
Grab a free hanging file folder number below!
Revamp classroom areas using contact paper! A great solution that isn’t permanent and adds flair to your learning environment! Follow @FairWindsTeaching for the follow up video when I show how easy it is to do this year after year without ruining your areas!
Game. Changer. Tired of your Chromebooks and wires being a hot mess? Grab some washi tape and label each of them with a number. I even label my chargers so they know which slot to go in and what charger to use. A great solution for classroom organization!
Want a way to foster classroom responsibility and have your students take ownership to clean up? Then you will want to by one of these for your classroom and set up a cleaning station!
Super easy to put together and the kids love it! Check it out at the link below!
Want your students to slow down and take their time on their assignments?! These work violations and speeding tickets are perfect for stapling on uncompleted or absent work. These quick reminders allow you to communicate with parents or provide new due dates for assignments or just remind the students to fix and return.
When it is time to pack up your classroom, you are going to want this great organization tool! Maintain classroom decor organization using 4-inch binders and Velcro plastic sleeves with three-hole punches. This system saves time and storage space.
Grab your students’ attention with this wireless doorbell that I’ve been using for years! Featuring over 64 different chimes, these doorbells are great for facilitate transitions between centers and classroom announcements. Grab yours below the video!
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