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Student Center including calendar with basic unit outline, current unit, important dates, bell schedule, and other stuff on the board. Table with supplies, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, homework turn-in, absent bin. This way, kids know not to grab stuff off my desk!

You can use Febreeze to clean a dry erase board that just wont erase (because the ink is very dried on) . Spray the board and wipe, it also helps recondition old dry erase boards.

Glue a pom-pom on the end of a dry-erase marker to create a makeshift eraser. (25 clever classroom organization tips)

Cool Down Cubes - great for students who have difficulty with anger. Using a permanent marker, write a safe "cool down" strategy on each ice cube. For example: count to ten, walk away, talk to a friend, take three deep breaths, etc. I also left a few of the cubes blank so that the students could come up with their own strategies.