5 Big Tips for Using Anchor Charts Effectively

Anchor charts are all the buzz, aren't they? And for a good reason... they are fantastic teaching tools! There are a few tips worth remembering, though, as you plan to implement anchor charts into your daily instruction. Here are a few very real-life, no-fluff guidelines that I follow when using anchor charts in my classroom. Note the emphasis that these are my personal guidelines. I do think they are worth sharing, though. Just keeping it real, friends...

1. Anchor charts are about more than being "cute."

This is my number one rule because, let's face it: it's hard to resist the urge to make adorable, lamination-worthy posters to adorn your wall and make your classroom look good... Especially considering what I like to refer to as "Pinterest Pressure." Teachers (myself included) really feel the need to make it all look so cute. But that's not what anchor charts are really about.

You can take one look at some of my anchor charts and know immediately that I am not an artist. Seriously. I've included pictures throughout this post as proof; No one is going to pin my anchor charts because "they are so cute," and I'm perfectly fine with that.

Anchor charts are not pieces of artwork to adorn my wall; they are instructional tools that convert into reference sources for my students.