Every teacher dreams of having a classroom full of well behaved students and a classroom that seems to move through the day with ease. While we do not have a magic wand that can make this happen, we do have some amazing classroom management finds on Amazon that can help! We have been teaching a long time and we know that there are no two years that look the same as far as classroom management. Sometimes you need to dig through your toolbox and find something different for “that class” or “that student.” Here are some ideas to help you manage your day and student behaviors! Take a look at what we found!
Punch Cards and Sticker Charts
Ever have a student that needs a little more motivation to stay on track? For upper grades, we have used these punch cards and for lower grades, we have used sticker charts! There have been years where we have used them whole class and there have also been years where we used them with a small group of students or even individually!
Is it just us… or are piles a teacher’s worst nightmare? For years, we had piles all over our rooms and although we (sometimes) knew where our papers were, it took forever digging through them to find what we needed! Now, we use binders! A binder for staff meetings, a binder for student data, a binder for all the things!
Student Data Dividers
While we are on the topic of binders, check out what we found a few years ago! These student data dividers have been a game-changer! All of our data for each student at the flip of a tab. Now, that is what we are talking about!
Baseball Card Sleeves
Have we mentioned we like binders? Baseball card sleeves are the perfect way to organize reward coupons! We even made some reward coupons that are the prefect size to fit these sleeves! We like the idea that students can flip through the binder and “shop” for what they are looking for!
Key Holder Board
“Teacher! I forgot my username and password!” Sound familiar? A few years ago, we came across this beautiful key ring board and a thought popped into our minds! Username and password keeper! Write them down at the beginning of the year, and students can just grab their key ring if they need a little reminder!
Tabletop frames have got to be our favorite way to display information around the classroom. We love using them for centers, for parent nights or for turning in papers or keeping track of assignments. We even created an assignment tracker just for these frames that has seriously been a lifesaver!
Behavior Clip Charts
We all love a good behavior clip chart, but sometimes we just don’t want to make them ourselves! There are tons of them to choose from on Amazon under $10! They’re super cute too!
Whether it be transitions, reminders or a timer, a wireless doorbell is an easy way to let students know something is happening without using our voice. Push a button and watch the magic happen!
Badge Holder Lanyards
Badge holders on a lanyard are great for a variety of activities. Classroom jobs, rewards, groups, center roles, or name tags on field trips! Having these in your toolkit is something you can always use!
Pocket charts are a teacher’s best friend. Amazon has a ton of different sizes to choose from and a ton of different colors too! Display content, schedules or behaviors! Pocket charts will always be a useful tool for classroom management!
Trophies for Desks
Having trophies on hand is one reward system that doesn’t cost teachers a lot of money. Whether it be a tidy desk, outstanding effort, superb behavior or excellent group work, every student loves to stand out from the others. Just walking around and placing these on student desks makes the whole classroom want one!
Do you use a classroom economy system? A cash drawer is a MUST! In our classrooms, we have a banker that is in charge of student money. The cash drawer makes them feel official and it is a great way to keep the denominations organized! Want to learn more about what we do with our classroom money? Check out this blog post!
Treasure Box Treasures
Teachers are constantly looking to fill their treasure boxes! Did you know there are ready to use treasures available on Amazon? Ask parents for Amazon gift cards to fill those treasure boxes! There are a lot of super cute treasure boxes there too!
Looking to improve transition times? Need a timer for Field Day? Stopwatch timers are the perfect way to keep track! We use these all year long and our students love using them too!
Colorful Popsicle Sticks
We all know that Popsicle sticks are a great tool to use to call on students at random, but sometimes we don’t always want them to be TOO random. We love using colorful Popsicle sticks to group students appropriately. Place English learners on one color, GATE students on another color, lower students on another color. Use the sticks randomly, or have a method to your madness that students don’t have to be aware of!
Hopefully, you have seen something on this list that will improve your classroom management! Behaviors and functioning throughout the day can always be a struggle and we hope we have made it a little easier for you!
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I didn’t leave a comment above and accidentally clicked enter! I love the idea if the punch cards and the key chain board because we will be moving to google classroom as our platform and my 3rd graders would benefit from having their emails on the key chains!!
I really like the tabetop picture frames. I think these could be used in so many ways!
I always use popsicle sticks for various projects or for drawing student names for groups, so I would add them to my cart to restock!
I added the wireless doorbell, the punch cards, the picture frames, and a set of the fidgets that were on your Amazon page. Thanks for all of the ideas!
Thanks for these great tips!!
There are a few things I want. The two I added to my Amazon list are the key tags and the wireless doorbell. I like that the one shown has a variety of ring tones. That way the class can react according to the different sounds! So much better than the wind chimes or the xylophone type attention grabbers. I do not like those at all.
I really like the idea of the Key Stand. I teach Middle School but we have homerooms and the key stand will be a great way to keep the lockers numbers and combination, logins, and such.
Lots of great ideas! I love the numbered pocket chart!
Um. I added 50%+ of those Amazon items to my classroom wish list. The keychain holder is really ingenious though.
These are all great!! I’ve had my eye on the wireless doorbell…I think it would help make my transitions smoother, and quicker.
I LOVE my wireless doorbell ringer – definitely my favorite classroom management tool that I currently have. I need to get myself some punch cards! I love that idea.
I plan to use a pocket chart to keep a schedule in. The kids like to have one available and this is a great place to use it!
I love the tabletop stand! I use a stand for my Question Kids’ pictures so kids know who to ask when I am in small groups, but these look a lot more stable! I also like the key stand. I have one but I like that these have numbers on them. They work great for computer login information!
I love using the picture frames in my class!
I would purchase the lanyards and the cash register, so many of my students do not understand coins.
Thank you for all the work you do it makes my day so much easier.
I will 100% use the colorful sticks to call on students. So much more fun than regular manila popsicle sticks!
I like the colored popsycle sticks. They could be used for a number of things: sight words, math facts, etc. We like to play “Boom” to practice skills such as sight words and facts. I put the words or facts on each stick and the students take turns drawing out of a can. If they can read the word or answer the fact, they keep the stick. If they draw a “Boom” stick all of their sticks they have go back in the can.
My favorite is the doorbell.
Love the ideas, liked the table top frames and already have a couple of ways I plan on using them.
I have added the cash drawer to my wish list! Every year I find it hard to keep up with my classroom economy because my money is in ziplock bags. I end up procrastinating payday and never hire a banker because I feel that if it’s too much for me to handle then it’s going to be too much for one of the kids. The cash drawer will be a game changer!
I love the idea of a doorbell and am going to get one this year! I’ll use your link to do it. I keep common websites with QR codes inside a cupboard door, so if students can’t remember the website or the app kicked them out, they can use the Tech Cupboard Door to help. I love the idea of adding a keychain reminder for their personal passwords, too. Currently, we have ours in a recipe box.
I really like the idea of the key stand because it allows the students to rely on themselves and the practices we would have in place in the classroom, verses always coming to me when they can’t remember. Now, to think of the perfect spot where it will go…
I can imagine the key stand being the most used item in my classroom. I’m always floundering around trying to find username and passwords when the kids tell me they have forgotten it. This innovative idea would solve that problem!