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Hacks to Make the School Day Easier

Creative classroom tips that help save time and money and keep things running smoothly
From NEA Member Benefits

From extending the life of your dry-erase markers to using socks as whiteboard erasers, follow these tips to save time and money.

Hack #1:
Add a rubber band around the top of a soap dispenser to dole out smaller portions.

Hack #2:
Tired of spiral-bound notebooks coming undone? Glue a bead to the end of the spiral and it won’t fall apart.

Hack #3:
Prevent desks from migrating across the classroom by securing them with zip ties.

Hack #4:
Extend the life of your dry-erase markers by attaching them to the board, facing down.

Hack #5:
Create “Where am I?” cups so you know where your students are at all times.

Hack #6:
Use child-size socks as whiteboard erasers. When they get dirty, take them home and launder them.

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