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80 Instagram-Worthy Teacher Hacks To Try in Your Classroom


Whether it’s a genius repurposing of an everyday item, another dollar-store find, or a perfectly affordable way to organize your classroom, there’s nothing like proven teacher hacks to save you time and money. Thanks to social media, it is now easier than ever to find inspiration for your classroom. Some hacks help you organize, some help you clean, and some encourage student sharing and learning. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Instagram-worthy teacher hacks straight from the source: teachers like you.

1. Store paint in old soap dispensers

@twinkl_ireland via Instagram

Make art time a little less messy.

2. Try out a mystery reward

@iteachspecialedtoo via Instagram

Want to switch up your classroom reward? Here’s a fun way to incentivize students.

3. Save those book jackets

Book jackets have been assembled to form a rainbow in a classroom.

@miss.clarksonxo via Instagram

How awesome is this rainbow book display? Save book jackets (or even print out book covers) to make this come to life!

4. Socks for markers and erasers

dry erase board markers are stored in socks.

@theuniqueclassroom via Instagram

Socks make the perfect pocket to store students’ dry-erase markers! Plus, they are such an inexpensive solution for erasers.

5. We all need a secret stash

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include little organizers like this one that shows a drawer pulled out with mini twix candy bars in it.

@learningandlovingit via Instagram

How genius is this? Your students will never find your Twix now!

6. For those early finishers

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include this wall that says I'm Done Now What Can I Do with pictures and ideas.

@learningtobloomclassroom via Instagram

We’re loving this display! If you’re tired of hearing “I’m done, now what can I do?” put some options on the wall!

7. Color-coding works every time

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include organizing by color like shown.

@jumpinwithmrsj via Instagram

It’s so simple but oh-so genius at the same time.

8. A “Do Not Disturb” light switch

A light switch says Do Not Disturb!

@mrsbowmansclassroom via Instagram

For when you are working with small groups or helping an individual student, this is a great idea! Let students know you need a few minutes before getting to their questions.

9. Use a star student instead of classroom jobs

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include this star student chart that has a yellow background that says Star Student and two stars with the names Riley and Matthew on them.

@kinder_charm via Instagram

Doling out a variety of classroom jobs can be so time-consuming. Try using a star student instead. Just pick one student each day who will be the helper for all your little classroom jobs.

10. Write on pencils for encouragement

A hand is holding pencils with notes of encouragement written on them.

@lifewlittlelearners via Instagram

Is there a big unit test coming up? Or state testing? This piece of encouragement is easy to make and sure to make your students smile!

11. Make a pool noodle rainbow

A rainbow is made from pool noodles.

@rainbow.art.teacher via Instagram

How adorable is this? Grab some dollar-store pool noodles and get to creating. And check out our big list of other pool noodle hacks!

12. The nothing-note strategy

@wonderingwithmrswatto via Instagram

Have you tried this strategy? Send a student on a walk to help them refresh and return to the classroom ready to learn. Read more on the nothing-note tactic here.

13. Flashlight Fridays are so fun

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include reading by flashlight like the two children shown.

@kinderbykim via Instagram

Spark some reading love with this idea! Students get so excited to read a book with the lights dimmed during Flashlight Friday.

14. Turn scrap paper into confetti

Turn colored scrap paper into confetti with a hole punch

@aperfectblendteaching via Instagram

Save colored scrap paper and turn it into confetti with a hole punch. Use it for celebrations or art projects.

15. Display student work with clothespins and tacks

several different colored clothespins have tacks attached to them.

@lifeas_missmichael via Instagram

You can stop leaving holes in students’ work with this hack!

16. Use pouches to separate papers

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these two pouches - one that says Graded Miracles Do Exist and one that says ungraded There's always tomorrow.

@mrscowmansclassroom via Instagram

Keep things organized with mesh pouches such as these. Use them for transporting papers to and from home or for staying organized in the classroom.

17. DIY play dough

Ingredients including lotion and food coloring are shown.

@aperfectblendteaching via Instagram

Just use cornstarch, lotion, and food coloring for a DIY you can do with your students.

18. Communicate with your teacher team

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these three walkie-talkies shown.

@justpeachyinelementary via Instagram

No need to rely on your phones!

19. Color-code your printables

@educating.yorkshire via Instagram

One for each day of the week!

20. Make master notes with yellow highlighter

a hand is shown holding a note written in yellow highlighter.

@teachingwithapoint via Instagram

Did you know that yellow highlighter won’t come through when you make copies? This is a game changer for making notes to yourself! Check out this Instagram reel showing the hack in action.

21. Implement a calming caddy

A plastic caddy says Calming Caddy.

@lifeas_missmichael via Instagram

Give students a place to take a break if needed. You might end up using these items too!

22. Create a voice-o-meter

Four lights are shown beside signs.

@crissysclassroomcreations via Instagram

All you need are tap lights and signs. Now all your students will know the appropriate noise level.

23. Create desk holders

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these cups secured to the legs of desks with zip ties.

@teachersbrain via Instagram

All you need are zip ties and plastic cups!

24. Turn your collaboration desk into a dry-erase board

Three photos show a half moon teacher's desk that has a dry erase board laminate attached to the top of the previously wooden desk so students can write on it. This desk is an example of Instagram-worthy teacher hacks.

@ksclassroomkreations via Instagram

The best Instagram-worthy teacher hacks are creative and affordable. This teacher says, “It’s amazing what $5 can do,” and we definitely agree!

25. Use colorful lead pencils

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these brightly colored pencils shown on a day planner.

@mrswaldron via Instagram

These are so genius. Now you can have erasable colors in pencil, not just pen.

26. It’s an A+ for organized learning

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these little plastic containers with labels on them.

@ayearwithmsz via Instagram

This teacher uses photo boxes you can buy from Michaels to store and organize her task cards.

27. Use a fun screen saver to keep track of your devices

Three devices have photos of a woman making different faces on them.

@theamygroesbeck via Instagram

Avoid numbering your devices with stickers that can leave an icky residue. Photos of yourself or your students make a fun alternative.

28. Make turning in homework a game

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include this homemade game board.

@_aloveforteaching_ via Instagram

Homeworkopoly might be one of the most genius things we’ve seen this year. It’s from Le Teacher Chronicles and demonstrated here by A Love for Teaching.

29. It’s coffee that lasts all day

A Starbucks ice coffee mix and a tumbler are shown.

@theteacherhouse via Instagram

This will get you through those long days—iced coffee to the rescue.

30. Run a sticker store

A magnetic board has plastic rows that hold different types of stickers.

@hello_fifth via Instagram

Reward good behavior with a trip to the sticker store!

31. Use microfiber cloths to clean your whiteboards

Instagram-worthy hacks for teachers include these microfiber clothes.

@beingmissausten via Instagram

With minimal sewing skills, you can make mitts that are extra kid-friendly.

32. Give your mini easel a new life

A cart with drawers has an easel on it that says Check This Out.

@mrswaldron’s mini easel via Instagram

This teacher said her mini easel was always getting in the way—until she figured out this genius use for it.

33. Create a cozy vibe

A cardboard fireplace has a diffuser that looks like flame in the middle.

@hello_fifth via Instagram

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks that make the classroom more inviting are some of our favorites. Create a realistic fireplace in your room courtesy of a diffuser that looks like a flame and some paper and cardboard.

34. Try a drying rack for student art

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include hanging student work from a drying rack as shown here.

@a.learning.moment via Instagram

A laundry drying rack is a cheap and space-saving way to dry glued or painted projects.

35. Make a review game from dry-erase dice

Several dry erase markers are shown in front of dice with things written on them with said markers.

@food_for_taught via Instagram

For one buck, these dry-erase dice are the perfect learning activity for any subject.

36. Color-code your hall passes

Clips are shown holding small different colored papers.

@somewhat_sparkly via Instagram

And hang them in a handy place that only you can access.

37. Get their attention with a doorbell

A board says Teacher Hack and has a wireless doorbell on it.

@teachingwithtla via Instagram

This teacher swears by her wireless doorbell. She says it’s just the thing she needs to get students’ attention.

38. Rolling carts are game changers

A mint green rolling cart is filled with school supplies.

@adifferentiatedclass via Instagram

We’ve heard it again and again: A teacher can never have too many rolling carts.

39. It’s a new kind of classroom pet

A teacher's boots stand over a note and an iRobot. The note says REasons we love mundster.

@thekidlitmama via Instagram

This idea proves that Instagram-worthy teacher hacks can keep things tidy and teach about STEM.

40. Use a shoe rack to distribute work

A shoe rack is used to house school items.

@just.add.glitter via Instagram

Save time on passing out assignments by giving your students a teacher- and student-friendly cubby where they can find their work.

41. Bring life to a number line

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks inlcude Legos that are attached together with numbers written on them. A Lego minifgure is on top of it and a dice is also pictured.

@earlycorelearning via Instagram

Best of all, it doesn’t take up much space at all.

42. Bring new meaning to the dab

Still of bingo dabbers for the classroom

@earlycorelearning’s bingo dabbers via Instagram

How do you use bingo dabbers in your classroom?

43. Learn a little something from your students

A jar says I wish my teacher knew and has folded up pieces of brightly colored papers in it.

@twinklresources via @pencilsandplaygrounds via Instagram

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks that encourage students to share are the best!

44. Use pom-poms for your markers

Several expo markers are shown.

@_aloveforteaching’s marker pom-poms via Instagram

This one circulates around from time to time, but it’s worth showing again because it’s so easy!

45. Use clothespins for pencil grippers

A child is shown drawing with a pencil that has a clothespin on it.

@_aloveforteaching’s marker pom-poms via Instagram

This teacher hack is a cheap and simple way to help kids grasp their fine motor skills.

46. Put a mark on borrowed pencils

Duct tape is shown on a set of pencils.

@_aloveforteaching’s marker pom-poms via Instagram

Now you can easily keep track of them.

47. Bring life to clothespins

A stack of rainbow colored clothespins have sayings written on them.

@madeinfifthgrade via Instagram

How great are these for holding papers?! We love them.

48. Store paintbrushes in toothbrush holders

paintbrushes are seen coming out of clear containers.

@art_with_msvu via Instagram

You can get them at the dollar store for a great organization hack.

49. Bottle caps offer good learning opportunities

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include bottle caps that have letter and number stickers on them like the ones shown.

@kinderkhronicles via Instagram

You can use this idea for letters, math, and so much more.

50. Use Popsicle sticks to call on students

Popsicle sticks have colorful tape on them.

@missmcannloveslearning via Instagram

A colorful way to ensure every student gets a turn.

51. Practice makes perfect

Still of classroom math hacks

@farrahhenleyeducation via Instagram

All you need is plastic plates and you have a math manipulative that you can write on with a dry-erase marker.

52. Make glue sponges

A child's hands are shown reaching into containers with sponges in them.

@liveandlovekindergarten via Instagram

Instead of going through a ton of glue sticks, dump a bottle of Elmer’s Glue onto a sponge. Every few weeks, flip them and give them a spritz of water, and they’ll be good to go all school year.

53. Make your own classroom lighting

A jar in a classroom has fairy lights in it.

@kind_er_garten via Instagram

Create a calming atmosphere in your classroom by putting an inexpensive string of fairy lights in a glass jar.

54. Color-code your art supplies

glass jars have colored pencils in them sorted by the colors pink, purple, and blue. There are various shades of each color and paint samples behind each jar in those shades.

@mrs_garsides_classroom via Instagram

For a truly Instagram-worthy teacher hack, grab free paint chips from a hardware store and get creative. We’ve also seen several teachers use paint samples for curriculum review.

55. Create a pencil-sharpening station

Two metal buckets have signs on them and one is filled with pencils. The one filled with pencils says Ready to Write and the second bucket says sharpen please.

@doubledoseoflearning via Instagram

Now you won’t have students always asking to go to the pencil sharpener. They can just grab a new pencil and keep working. Then the sharpening can be done at a later time!

56. Make a simple dry-erase board

A little girl is seen writing on a number line.

@teaching_outside_the_box via Instagram

With a plastic sleeve protector, your students have the freedom to try multiple times.

57. Glue decor to your desk. Yes, really.

A large pencil says Mras. Blu on it.

@creatorium_explorium via Instagram

You can scrape it off at the end of the year, and all of your breakables will (finally) still be intact.

58. Put bag hooks on the backs of student chairs

A hook is attached to the back of a student chair and a bag is hanging from it.

@michelle_thecolorfulclassroom via Instagram

Finally clear up the clutter on the floor.

59. Make yourself an “invisibility cloak”

A woman's face is shown.

@a.bilingual.classroom via Instagram

For this teacher, it’s her kitty ears. Putting them on reminds students to try to problem-solve on their own.

60. Use a pool noodle for a doorstop

A yellow pool noodle is shown

@teachingmore via Instagram

No more slamming doors!

61. Organize papers with magazine racks

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include the ikea magazine files that are shown holding different colored paper.

@love.learning via Instagram

These are so helpful to stay organized!

62. Put matched stickers on glue sticks and caps

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include putting different colored dot stickers on a bunch of glue sticks and their lids as shown here.

@weareteachers via teachingwithmisspeney via Instagram

Never lose caps again!

63. Use shower curtains as decor

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include using shower curtains as decor like this one hanging up in a classroom that says throw kindness like confetti.

@teachertothecore_katie_knight via Instagram

Decorative shower curtains can be a cute and inexpensive way to spruce up any classroom wall.

64. Don’t let markers go dry

several markers are taped together via their lids and decorative duct tape.

@planethappysmiles via Instagram

Tape together markers in sets for students to use so you never find miscellaneous caps!

65. Doodle on the tabletops

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include putting a holiday tablecloth on a classroom table for kids to color.

@2ndgradesassypants via Instagram

Get some holiday-themed tablecloths for your littles to color while they learn.

66. Easily store anchor charts

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include anchor charts on clothing hangers like the ones shown. A teacher points to them.

@ms.b_yourself via Instagram

Use hangers with clips and a clothing hack (or wall hooks) to keep anchor charts neat.

67. Save time by using the dishwasher

school supplies are shown in a dishwaster in this example of Instagram-worthy teacher hacks.

@teachinginthesip via Instagram

Clean and disinfect classroom supplies such as these in the dishwasher for a fast solution to dirty items.

68. Teach the alphabet and spelling with clothespins

A chart says A, B, C, D, E, F

@applesandabcs via Instagram

Glue or even write letters on clothespins for kids to find alphabet letters or spell out words.

69. Start a writing station suitcase

A plastic container says Writing Station Suitcase. There is a binder and prompt cards also pictured.

@reagtunstall via Instagram

Have everything you need in one place to get students writing with this suitcase station and ideas.

70. Share your screen

A screen is projecting a chart in a classroom that says Good Morning Sunshine! and includes the weather and chores.

@truelifeimateacher via Instagram

We love a good screen share! Did you know you can connect your computer to a TV?

71. Try out chalk markers

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include using chalk markers like the ones being held in a hand here.

@createandeducate via Instagram

Use chalk markers for brighter, more vibrant colors without the chalky mess.

72. Have a sub-survival kit ready

A black box is labeled with different compartments for substitutes

@mrshenryinfirst via Instagram

You never know when you will have to call in a sub last-minute. A setup like this makes it so easy to be ready to go at the drop of a hat.

73. Use all of the classroom

Instead of desks, small, low to the ground areas are designated for students in this classroom.

@jenna.jacobs via Instagram

Ran out of desk space? Use the floor!

74. Ask parents for toys

Plastic bags are labled with students name and are for toys for parents to put in to be played with during indoor recess.

@missbakerinfirst via Instagram

Students bored during indoor recess? Have parents send in a few small toys to keep them happy and occupied.

75. Use an apron

A black apron has various school items in it like scissors and pens.

@anawaitedadventure via Instagram

Hand sanitizer? Check. Scissors? Check. Pens? Check!

76. Store Play-Doh in a creative way

A k-cup organizer is used to house different colored play-doh containers.

@myteachingpal via Instagram

Put a K-cup organizer to good use while keeping Play-Doh clutter to a minimum!

77. Clean up quickly with tidy tubs

Instagram-worthy teacher hacks include these different colored pails that say Tidy Tub.

@sweetfirstiefun via Instagram

Hand out these tidy tubs so kids can help with cleaning up paper scraps and more.

78. Organize with plastic crates

Three bins sit on top of a cubby. They say Finished early, extra copies, and were you absent.

@talesfromaverybusyteacher via Instagram

Help your students take initiative by creating bins for extra copies of lost work, papers from when they were absent, and bonus work for early finishers.

79. Learn shapes with painter’s tape

painter's tape creates a rhombus on the floor and tape in the middle labels it.

@fashioncrazelearningdays via Instagram

Some Instagram-worthy teacher hacks are too simple not to try! Pick up some painter’s tape in different colors and then create and label difficult-to-learn shapes on the floor.

80. Get creative with a magnetic curtain rod

A magnetic curtain rod is on a board and the date is written on laminated pencils hanging from curtain rings.

@thebenderbunch via Instagram

A magnetic curtain rod, some curtain rings, and a hole punch will really jazz up your morning board.

What are your favorite Instagram-worthy teacher hacks? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out our favorite dollar-store hacks for the classroom.



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