Teacher Tips and Tricks

There are some things “they” don’t teach in “teacher school” and ya know…”they” should. Based on inspiration from @MrsHallScholars and @peachsandgrades, I thought a quick post about putting together classrooms might be helpful. No, I’m not talking “Pinterest-Ready Rooms” (mine is far from that) but just some hacks if you want to do some things for students.

PLEASE: If you have any tips or tricks I didn’t mention, please post a comment or on Twitter! @mrskellylove

Things to make:

  1. Making big posters
  2. Making anchor charts
  3. Bulletin boards

Hardware:

Put these items in your tool kit:

  • X-acto blade and extra blades
  • High quality paper cutter (and store away from students)
  • Yardstick
  • Poster board, poster paper, butcher paper
  • High quality stapler
  • Staple remover (the flat kind)
  • Packing tape (works better than painter’s or masking tape)
  • Big Sharpies
  • Color markers
  • Yarn
  • Fishline (if you want to hang lanterns, etc. from the ceiling)
  • Cup hooks/wall hooks

Projector method:

Mrs. Hall mentioned how she does big posters for her room, and this is a great way to make a large graphic or anchor chart:

1. Found an image
2. Trace and color in (for this I outlined first, colored in the grey feathers and then did the rest)
3. Completed image

For things like bulletin boards, I use a piece of long string to make sure the tape, etc., are level first. The X-Acto knife comes in handy for cutting precise edges to the edge of the bulletin board, and you don’t need to buy expensive borders, etc.

Miscellaneous:

This was a gift a teacher made for me last year: 3-D printed bathroom pass!
For taping, etc. the string helps for large areas. Also, laminate signs you use again and again.

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