There is no denying that classrooms are going digital.
I've even updated and enhanced my popular How to Start and Manage Guided Math resource to include a projectable math workshop rotation board option and also include projectable versions of each and every one of my spiral review yearlong bundles.
The positive feedback I've received on both from teachers all over the country are evidence that good, old-fashioned, anchor charts are being replaced by technology. But, that is not to say there isn't a time and place for anchor charts in the classroom.
Hand-written reference charts are important because they can be used as a constant resource for students who need to reference them while working. Be sure to read my other blog post if you need ideas on how to save time and be organized in creating your charts.
When I am coaching teachers on how to set up their classrooms for the new year, I always recommend designating spaces that will make it easy to display charts throughout the year.
I typically make new anchor charts with my students each year, but there are some (like my Schema Charts) that I use year after year. Storing charts can be an issue and is a question I often get asked about. So when I came across this method for organizing them, I knew I had to share.
The concept of using hangers to store charts is not new, but this method offers two features that are great...
#1 Using rings instead of pinch-style hangers to hold the chart makes it easy to then use the rings to hang the chart on the wall.
#2 Attaching a label to the top of the hanger keeps things more organized and makes it much easier to find what you need quickly...I heart efficiency!
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