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  1. What a great post!
    So many good things to think about.
    I always learn so much when I visit your site… It's like PD–with having to work in small groups and discuss our group poster!
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. This year I had the opportunity to teach a whole maths unit which included making Anchor Charts with my kiddo's (my associate teacher doesn't bother with them for some reason!?!). One thing I quickly learnt is I struggle to let go with how the chart looks – if my writing is not perfect it stresses me out LOL. I found a way around this – I put all the comments the students make on post-it notes and stick it on the chart, then (like you do) I fix it up (this was sometimes by hand others on the computer). I then revisited the chart with the class so they could see all their ideas – they loved the computer ones as they thought it looked like their ideas had been 'published'.
    I agree with your concept of referring the students back to the chart when they ask questions – I did this as well as it was part of their learning goal for the year to learn independence to find answers to questions (not just asking the teacher).

    1. What a great idea! Thank you so much for leaving your comment and sharing this idea with others. I will definitely be using it this year.

  3. This is a great post! I love using anchor charts in my classroom, too. I like the idea of using the sticky note chart paper. I am going to look for some the next time I am at Office Depot. Thank you for all the helpful tips!

    Foreman Teaches

  4. Ohhh, multiplication!!! After making dozens of copies for multiplication flash cards and I still had a few kiddos that just were not progressing as they should have been, I turned to my brand new ipads :). We got onto factmonster.com and that did it. I think they had it all along. I think that's a little cheating on my part but they loved it! Sometimes, they need that different type of visual.

  5. I love using anchor charts! We are required to use a word wall with specific rules. I wish we could just use anchor charts for it instead, due to the amount of space the requirements end up making the Word Wall. I also want to preserve my anchor charts without laminating. My librarian would have heart failure if he saw my trying to laminate them all! So, my only idea is once they come down, fold them and store them in a sheet protector in a binder. Any other ideas? One more thought on them I had was to take a picture of them with Ipad camera and then shrink the pics to fit 4 on a page, print, and let students have a copy of the picture for their notebooks. The downfall of this is the amount of ink.

  6. Great post! Thank you for the ideas on using anchor charts. I'm your newest Pinterest & Bloglovin follower.

  7. My anchor charts definitely could use some work. I'm so glad to have read this…and about your Pinterest board. Thanks Mary!!!

  8. I created an anchor chart binder with sections for each content and then take pictures of the charts and put them in the binder. This helps a ton because then I don't have 80 charts stapled up (I now only keep up our current units of study), but our learning can be tracked and referenced when needed. I also give kids pictures of some of the charts we create together so they can focus on the learning and not on worrying about if their notes look as nice as the chart 😀

  9. Last fall I purchased the Write n Stick easel poster pads through Amazon as they were cost effective. As poster paper goes they are fine however, if you want to stick them to the wall, it just doesn't work. I found I had to staple them to the walls as the stick only lasted about 2 seconds. I haven't tried the Office Depot brand but the 3M brand works well. I am trying something new, I am drawing my science anchor charts out in a notebook, mostly because I have no talent and I need to practice before I draw on an expensive piece of poster. However, now I am going to use my notebook to guide me so that I can guide the students as we create them in class.

  10. This is a great article! Very useful advice. I LOVE the Primary board on Pinterest! Looking forward to using the ideas next year.

  11. Thank you! This is a great post on anchor charts. I love anchor charts. I struggle with when to use paper or when to use my ActivBoard for anchor charts. I create a flipchart for almost every lesson and it is so easy to just embed the anchor chart in the flipchart. Does anyone else struggle with this? One things I hope to do more of this year is to include a couple of pictures of anchor charts (either paper or electronic) in my classroom newsletter. Thanks for the thought provoking tips.

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  15. Ok, I love the idea of anchor charts. However, I teach six blocks of 8th grade math. Although I see the value in creating the anchor charts with the students, it would get rather costly to create 6 anchor charts daily of the same thing. I think pre-made anchor charts still have value as they will be my talking points as our lesson progresses, students can see a visual representation of what I am teaching, they can jot notes down from the chart, and the charts can be hung around the classroom for later reference as we spiral old learning into new. Also, making them ahead of time allows me to make sure I am focusing on the key elements of the standard that students need to master.