5 teaching hacks that make teaching easier

Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
5 teaching hacks that make teaching easier

If there's one thing we all want as teachers, it's a way to make our jobs easier. After a lot of trial and error during my time in the classroom, I came up with a few different hacks that made my life easier. In this post, I share 5 teaching hacks that will be a total game changer in your classroom. Tune in to start making your teaching journey easier today.


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Hey there, fellow educators, and welcome back to another episode of "Let's Chat Teaching" with your host, Nicole Sanders. Today, we're diving into the realm of teaching hacks that make our lives in the classroom a whole lot easier. If you missed our last episode on life hacks for teachers, be sure to check it out. But for now, let's focus on those handy tricks that have been game-changers in my teaching career.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of these hacks, let me throw a concept at you—the 1% rule. Ever heard of it? It's this brilliant idea that if we make small, incremental improvements in our teaching practices, like 1% at a time, these changes stack up over time. Imagine, after a quarter, you're 3% better, and it just keeps growing. I love this concept because it's a reminder that we don't need to overhaul everything at once. Let's make gradual shifts, build habits, and watch the magic happen.

Now, onto the hacks! Number one on my list is a boundary I took years to establish—no work comes home on weekends. I can practically hear some of you gasping at the thought, but hear me out. As professionals, we deserve our downtime, and if we let teaching take over our entire lives, it'll impede on everything—family time, personal time, mental health, you name it. So, set that boundary, reclaim your weekends, and trust me, it's a game-changer.

Hack number two is a simple but effective one—I set a timer after school. Inspired by a senior teacher friend who used this technique, I decided to give it a shot. The alarm went off, and work was over. This not only helped maintain my mental health but also pushed me to be more efficient during work hours. Plus, leaving with a clear desk and a fresh start each morning? Priceless.

Now, let's talk marking rubrics for hack number three. Clear expectations are a game-changer. I started attaching marking rubrics right under the assignment directions. Students know exactly what's expected, and there's no more guessing. It might take a bit of prep, but the clarity it brings is well worth it.

Teacher hack number four is about being available for extra time and help after school. I took it up a notch by creating a visual schedule on the board. My name in color, laminated and magnetized, with the days I'm available for extra help right below. It's a simple yet effective way to let students and parents know you're there for them.

Last but not least, hack number five—interactive notebooks. These are a godsend, especially for grades five to eight. They bring fun, interaction, and organization into the classroom. I'm even dedicating the next couple of episodes to dive deep into interactive notebooks, so stay tuned.

So there you have it—five teaching hacks that have made my life as a teacher a whole lot easier. Remember, it's about the 1% rule—choose one, try one.

If you'd like five free activities to use with any story, then head over to appletreeresources.com/storyactivities

Thanks for joining me this week, and don't forget to check out the next episodes where we'll unravel the wonders of interactive notebooks. Have a fabulous week, and keep making those small, impactful changes in your teaching journey. Until next time!

Have a wonderful week,




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