I’m often asked how I create anchor charts and what materials are my favorite. So let’s talk anchor charts! Below, I’ve organized my thoughts and beliefs on using anchor charts in the classroom. This is my personal philosophy. It’s not the “right way” or the “better way.” It’s just my way.
You’re an amazing chaos coordinator and I’m confident your management strategies are too legit to quit. But throw in a little student accountability and some incentives into the mix, and ohmygawd! Someone give you a trophy. And not the “congratulations you arrived” kind of trophy. Like a real one. Because managing 20+ miniature humans IS EXACTLY like herding cats.
FACT: Hanging file folders will save your sanity…or at least prolong it for an extra few minutes. There’s probably some kind of research-based evidence that supports this, but I haven’t been able to locate it on Google yet. Nonetheless, below I’ve explained 5 reasons why these folders, even the unloved dark green ones, will keep you sane and help you organize and manage your classroom like a boss.
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Have you ever casually strolled through your favorite department store (probably for the fourth time that week) and in your peripheral noticed that “thing” you have to have for your classroom? It most likely has no potential use at the time of purchase, but it’s destined to be yours, whether your wallet or husband/boyfriend agree.
The “thing” moves into your classroom and you love it. But the “thing,” whatever it is, has been moved and repositioned for several weeks, maybe even months, while fulfilling miscellaneous uses, none of which are really all that satisfying. Sometimes the dang thing becomes more of a nuisance because it just doesn’t belong anywhere. You should just put in the teacher workroom and slap a “for free” sign on it, walk off, and let it be the one that got away.
Mid year, my campus received laptop carts for each classroom. With the addition of portable computers, anxiety emerged at rapid fire speed. I’ve witnessed what miniature humans can do to a classroom library. So being the methodical neat freak that I am, I settled my nerves with a little bit of good ol’ fashion organization. With some training and consistent feedback, my little people did an outstanding job caring for our precious machines. I only almost had a anxiety attack once when a computer fell off a desk. #pretendingitdidnothappen