We have a lot to do as teachers and our time is limited.
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The first go ’round, I shared 17 hacks that actually work in SPED.
And now I have more incredible hacks for you… that will actually work in your special needs classroom.
Because we have little time as it is, your best bet is to implement something that you KNOW is going to work… and work the first time.
Kayla at Meet Miss Parker uses ice cube trays in place of expensive book bins and flimsy cardboard magainze holders. She swears by them and says they work like a charm!
You know how the lamination can start to peel, but you can’t send it back through the machine?
All you need to do is take an iron to it! I’ve seen her do it before… and WOW! #gamechanger
Those $3 dollar spot clear pockets come in handy for more than organizing bins and decorating desks. Brynn from Brynn’s Teacher Bag uses them to label folders and binders.
EASILY color code binders and folders that are all the same color. No more worrying about finding different colored binders and folders… use the adhesive pockets!
Use magic erasers to keep the vinyl clean.
Lindsey gives each one of her students a lunch number bracelet the first week of school so they have a reminder when going through the lunch line.
You could totally use these for more than just the first week of school! Laminate and add velcro so the kids can use them each day.
She recommends taking a picture of the lunch keypad too, laminating and allowing students to practice punching in their lunch numbers.
Caity is a pure genius with this hack, that every single person can surely use!
She used metal paper sorters and wire command hooks to hang them inside of her cabinets.
At the end of every school year, Vera at The Tutu Teacher soaks and washes all of her classroom scissors to get them ready for the next school year.
With all the germies and liquids self-contained classrooms see, and this being such a functional skill, we could easily have our students help us clean the scissors like this each marking period!
Kim at A Love of Teaching uses this technology hack in her classroom… using a Sterilite bin and a few dowel rods, instant tablet storage!
Jenn at TeachLoveAutism discovered a pretty nifty way to hold all of those Velcro rolls… use a paper towel holder and voila! No more unrolling velcro!
The easiest and quickest way I have found to Velcro laminated pieces is to laminate, add the dots, and then cut.
Serious #gamechanger. You’re welcome 🙂
One of my favorite hacks from Nichole at You Clever Monkey is using old soap pump bottles to dispense paint. But that’s not my most favorite part…
…the best part? The visual on the front. What a great way for students to practice colors and practice using multiple colors to make new colors!
Samantha from Mrs. Henry in First is super smart with this functional clipboard hack for teachers! Add a few clear pockets to the back and store the items you need most.
I really love this for the clipboards we take to Inclusion. I plan on keeping stickers, extra PECs, and some post it notes in the back.
Carrie at Adventures in Kinder laminates student name tags and adds Velcro to desks so she can easily change seating arrangements.
PLUS no picked at tape… hellooooo pet peeve!
Rachel at Tattooed Teacher Blog grabs cheap analog clocks and puts them on the times of important things during the school day… you know, specials, recess, lunch, and when it’s time to go home.
This is FABULOUS for helping students manage time… and is a great visual for students who want to know “how much longer until __?!”
THIS hack, ya’ll. For those of us who use anchor charts, but don’t keep all of them up all the time… Joe and Quyen from Top Floor Teachers say to take a picture of the anchor chart, and then keep the pictures in a binder.
Student can then reference the binder whenever needed!
What’s your favorite teaching / classroom hack?
Share it with me in the comments and you might be featured in the next blog post!