One of the big areas of discussion on the first day was anchor charts. Debbie offered several suggestions for creating effective anchor charts in your classroom. Here are a few of HER tips.
Only make anchor charts for information and learning that you want students to return to time and time again.
Anchor charts do not have to be created only on large sheets of chart paper. Sometimes you may choose to do them on smaller sheets of paper.
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Anchor charts need a title and visual cues.
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They should primarily relate to academic vocabulary.
Use color, but use it carefully.
Avoid being too wordy. Use kid-friendly language.
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Use borders. Debbie mentioned briefly that she has been doing some research on the brain recently and that she learned that the brain sees in borders, so by adding a border to the anchor chart, it helps the student better visualize and remember the information.
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