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Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks

Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks
It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts. I remember seeing anchor charts begin to pop up on Pinterest and looking at mine in shame. 1) Scour Pinterest for Ideas: Nobody says that all of your anchor charts have to be your 100% original creation, and there are a TON of anchor charts out there already, and more are added every day as teachers create them for their classrooms. 2) Create them WITH your class: Remember in tip number one how I said I don't usually find one that's perfect for my class? *REMEMBER: The purpose of anchor charts is to anchor the learning happening in YOUR classroom. 3) Plan Ahead: Just because I make the charts with my class certainly doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action before I start. 5) Invest in some Mr.

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