Buena Vista Pictures / Spencer Althouse We asked the teachers of BuzzFeed Community to share their best tips and tricks. Here are the genius hacks all teachers should know. 1. Keep students from texting in class with "cell jails." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "This is a great way to avoid endless detentions and referrals. We've even had a kid ask for a cell jail in the beginning of class because they 'really needed to focus today!'"–Nikkir42 2. Cover your bulletin boards with plastic tablecloths from the dollar store. samandscout.com "Saves time and money and can easily be changed throughout the year!"–Ashleighs42 3. Let students do practice work on their desks. They make for perfect dry-erase boards! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "It should come off with a Kleenex or wet wipe. It's an easy way to save paper and money, and the kids get a kick out of it!"–Kelley Acela Patterson, Facebook 4. Eliminate those incessant "Do I need to write this?" questions by color-coding your PowerPoints. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures "Red = write word for word.Yellow = summarize/own words.Green = just listen."–Lisaj43 5. Buy or create your own fake scratch-off tickets to reward high school students. simply2ndresources.blogspot.com "I make it a contest and give the winner their choice of scratch-off (prizes include bonus points, free time, etc.). Surprisingly, the teenagers love it."–Lindsay Alison, Facebook 6. Ask stores to donate parts of their awesome displays for your classroom. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "If you find a store display you like, ask a manager to donate it when they take it down. I found a gingerbread house from a candy display in Target, and the manager let me have it at no charge."–ashleyp466 7. Steal. If there's an awesome lesson plan online, copy it for your own class. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures "You don't always have to reinvent the wheel, especially when something already works well and the kids benefit in the end."–Jenny X. Ma, Facebook 8. Elementary school classrooms are cringeworthy at the end of the day, so have your students clean up for you with a game. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "I have my students find the 'magic piece of trash.' It gets everything cleaned in minutes. There's no real 'magic piece.' I just reward to the kid who picks up the most trash."–Maria Sajjad, Facebook 9. Use websites and apps like ClassDojo.com so parents can easily monitor their child's behavior. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Parents can download the app, and it's a great way to keep them in the loop with the classroom."–Kenzi Richardson Neuman, Facebook 10. For easy clean-up, tape a plastic garbage bag over the table during art projects. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com –Katie Melody, Facebook 11. The best time-out hack = a sparkle bottle. Give it to the troublemaker to shake, and let them rejoin class when the glitter settles at the bottom. lemonlimeadventures.com "Fill an empty water bottle with glitter glue, hot water, and lots of fine glitter. It has a calming effect for most students and is a positive spin on time-out."–Lindseym46 12. When the students are restless mid-lesson…30-second dance party! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC –Justinp4 13. For elementary school kids, take a 10-minute stretch and chat break during downtime. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Buena Vista Pictures "This lets the kids tell me about their wiggly teeth and siblings. It also creates a sense that I'm not just a teacher who makes them do work, but an actual person who cares about them."–Ceciliavalentine2 14. "Heads down, thumbs up" is an easy way for high school students to assess their own understanding of the content. loveteachinspire.wordpress.com "Students put their thumbs up if they have the concept down, middle if they could use more info, and down if they need to revisit it entirely. This lets them assess their own comfort of the content before we move on."–Rachelb4 15. Keep a small ball on your desk to retain the class's attention; simply pick it up when you need the students to calm down or refocus. Hasloo / ThinkStock "The kids instantly hush. Works every time!"–Shannonh4 16. Use Kahoot.it to create interactive multiple-choice quizzes and track each student's scores. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "You project questions on the board while the kids respond on their devices, and you can download detailed results, so it's a fun way to do informal assessments."–TrebleRose89 17. Label Post-It strips with each student's name for easy-to-make (and to recreate) seating charts. kindergartencorps.blogspot.com "I print out my seating arrangements and label seats with mini Post-It strips (with a kid's name on each strip), and organize them that way. Next time I want to make a new seating chart, I just move the Post-Its around!Pro tip: Put each chart in a plastic page protector and use dry-erase markers to make annotations on your chart for substitute teachers."–Shewb05 18. A great way to get parents ~and~ students to attend open house is to make it a secret game. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Columbia Pictures "I give my students bonus points if they secretly write their names on their hands and immediately wave at me when they enter the room at open house. Attendance is always high!"–Markalanwilburnj 19. The Zip Grade app makes grading so easy. It keeps digital copies of everything, so say goodbye to Scantron machines! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "It lets you create custom answers for each student with a unique ID. You use your phone to scan a student's answer doc and it gives you his or her grade immediately. It does all the item analysis for you as well."–Marceetreadwayh 20. To maintain a positive classroom environment, end the day with shout-outs, encouraging kids to give each other compliments and recognize hard work. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Paramount Pictures –Kennedypatrick 21. Low participation? Randomly start giving out tickets for an end-of-day candy raffle. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF MTV "When no one is participating I start giving out carnival tickets to the ones who do. Pretty soon everyone is jumping out of their seats for a ticket, even if they don't know what it's for."–Mirvolchiko 22. GoNoodle is the perfect website for those much-needed brain breaks during long, tiring days. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "This is especially great if you have the same group of students all day and they need to get up and move around."–Justjackie 23. Tired of minor disruptions? Have students hold up a number of fingers to replace common questions (i.e., three fingers = "May I go to the bathroom?"). firstgradefresh.blogspot.com "This way a bathroom break, water request, or nurse's visit won't disrupt the flow of class. Middle schoolers love it!"–Stephaniek45 24. Bill Nye the Science Guy = automatic student enthusiasm. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney "Enough said."–Nowaterfalls 25. And most importantly: stickers. Kids will kill their own mothers for stickers. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ABC Family / Via GraffitFly –giveusakiss413 Want to be featured on BuzzFeed? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!