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A Few thoughts on Anchor Charts vs. Wallpaper...
Think of your wall space as something you need to rent. As you hang things on the wall, ask yourself, would I pay rent for that? Periodically look around the room and ask yourself, is that still worth paying for? Anchor charts should be:
*co-created with your students
*relevant to what your class is learning
*student friendly (think about the reading levels of the students in your room and use visuals, graphics & photos)
In addition, your students will only refer to anchor charts if you do. Keep your anchor charts from becoming wallpaper by following the rules above and taking them down when students no longer need them. After all, your wall space is limited and rental fees are high :) Take a picture of your anchor charts before taking them down and print out a copy of the picture for each table/ group in your class. Each group will have a notebook of "Anchor Charts" as a reference and can use them when writing independently or in writing conferences. In addition, when a new student arrives, it is the perfect way to get him/ her caught up quickly. You might keep your own copy of "Anchor Charts" (as seen below) as a reference for next year.
Remember that the Anchor Charts should be your own so don't feel obligated to create them exactly as seen here. These are just a few examples that I have used or seen along the way that I thought you could use as a visual to get started. Have fun!