Classroom Management Hack: The Trick to Keeping Elmer White Glue Fresh

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You know how sometimes when you're struggling with something in your classroom every single day and it's driving you crazy, but you cannot figure out what the solution is? 

Then someone comes along with a solution that is just so cute, so clever and so flipping obvious that you wonder how the heck you didn't come up with this on your own? Today's hack is exactly like that. 

This hack is for all those Elmer bottles of white glue in your classroom where kids kind of half screw the lids back on. Then, when you go to use the white glue, there's either a giant chunk of hardened glue at the top and you can't even get the lid off, or the glue is completely dried out and is useless. 

I know. It’s the worst! Well this hack is going to blow your mind. 

I want you to imagine a bottle of white glue and they usually have those bright orange caps that you screw on, right? The hack is to draw the top half of the  smiley face on the orange cap. Once you draw the eyes of the orange part of the gap, put the smiling mouth on the second half of the cap that you twist it on to. Now, when the glue is closed the way it's supposed to be, kids see a smiley face! 

If the lid is not screwed on all the way, they don't see the smiley face lined up and so they know it isn't completely screwed on yet. Brilliant, right?

It's just a quick and easy visual check so kids know right away if the glue lid is screwed on the way it needs to be. 

If you want to see what this actually looks like or if it’s hard for you to visualize, I've included a picture below.

 Also, I know teachers and I know how much we love our dollar stores. So, I’ve started something super fun inside my Beginning Teacher Talk TPT store that I think you’re going to love called Dr Lori’s Dollar Store. 

I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks. So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!). 

I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?


Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out. 

I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand. It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen. 

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

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Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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