Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Anchor Charts

Good morning everyone!

I was on Pinterest this morning (I am always on Pinterest, a great source for ideas and creativity flow!) and saw a blog post that I just had to share with everyone.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I decided to make a blog post about this blog post! haha

In education, there are many trends that come and go, but one thing that we can all agree with is that if students know what to do or when to do it, everything will run so much smoother in your classroom.  Hence the title of this blog post : anchor charts.

Anchor charts are charts that are posted in your classroom for a specific duration.  It could be the whole year, a couple of months or even simply a couple of days.  But if done properly, they are worth their weight in GOLD!  Best way to make anchor charts?  Make them with the students. Making anchor charts with students allow them to become involved, motivated and engaged in their own learning.  They don't just see another random poster up on the wall, they see something that they created, something that makes this classroom theirs, and that, my friends, is what will make this year the best year of your teaching career!

The blog that started this blog?  It's by Education to the Core.  The blog post that started this blog post?  Click here to see a wonderful display of anchor charts.  She has many - some that are norms in her classroom, some that allow students to reference back to what they need to do after they are done a task, some are about what she's working on right now in the classroom.  They're fantastic!

Do you use anchor charts in your classroom?  How or when do you use them?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!