Getting back into the Back-To-School groove isn’t easy, especially if you're changing classrooms or putting your classroom together without help! Here are our favorite Back-to-School hacks to get your classroom looking right! 

Clean Your Classroom FIRST

We know- this seems like a no-brainer, but this will save you so much time in the long run! Before doing anything, give your bookshelves, desks, closets, etc a quick rub down.

Depending on when your classroom was cleaned in the summer, dust could have accumulated. Taking the time to clean before bringing in your personal items will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. 

Furniture Sliders

One of the most strenuous tasks in our classroom is moving heavy furniture around. Last we checked, Luisa from Encanto is unavailable to assist in our classrooms, but have no fear- furniture sliders are here! These things are game changers.

The sliders can be placed under tables, couches, bookshelves, etc., and can be left under them for the Trendy Teacherz who love to switch up their room several times a year! Moving furniture is now a breeze (and no need to sing “Surface Pressure”... unless you really want to).

You can get them here: https://a.co/d/5w6Ao3z

Command Strips

One classroom essential when hanging things up are Command Strips. However, not all Command Strips are created equal. We cannot stress this enough- get the correct Command Strips for the items you will be hanging in your classroom.

Some Command Strips are perfect for hanging posters, while others are best for hanging large objects. When purchasing these strips, pay attention to which each one is used for, as well as the weight limit of the strip- we don’t want your items crashing down in the middle of your lesson!

Finally, follow the directions carefully for the strips- some ask that you wait 24 hours so the strip can “set” before hanging your items. 

You can a variety pack here: https://a.co/d/2RwnYHF

Carpet Tape

We know rugs are essential in our elementary classrooms. One of the most annoying things, however, is when the corners of the rug lift up! One thing to help combat that is Carpet Tape. This tape is double-sided and can adhere to a variety of different flooring.

Simply cut a piece of the tape for each corner of your classroom rug and then lay it down on the floor. Give it a quick rub to ensure it fully sticks and your rug will avoid lifting up at the edges!

You can find some here: https://a.co/d/02hukHy

Set Your Classroom Up In “Zones”

One of the best tips we can give you is to set your classroom up into “zones”. Think about where different spaces in your classroom will be such as:

-Teacher area

-Student workstations

-Materials/supplies

-Entrance/Exit

-Classroom desks

We find it helpful to map these things out on paper or a whiteboard if you’re struggling. You can also find inspiration around your school- check out your coworkers’ classrooms! 

It’s not easy saying goodbye to summer, but at least we can make classroom setup easier! 

Happy Back-To-School Season, Trendy Squad!

July 28, 2022 — Johora Warren