How to Create Awesome Anchor Charts (when you're creatively challenged...)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 / 1 comment

You see them all over Pinterest. Anchor charts. Charts for English/Language Arts, for science, music, classroom management, for working well in groups, for not annoying your teacher (well, ok, I haven't seen that one on Pinterest yet...but I just might make one!). They're awesome and lots of teachers will swear to how useful they are when used appropriately. 

But what are those of us who are...less than artistic supposed to do if we want to use anchor charts in our rooms? What about us teachers for whom stick figures represent the height of our creative abilities? 
Yeah, I didn't draw this. This is way better than anything I can draw.

Thankfully, once again the Internet comes to the rescue. Below are several fantastic sources that show us creatively challenged teachers how to make anchor charts that will have our students saying "Ooh!" and not

Start With a Solid Template

If you think the idea of having a visual representation of the thinking or work you expect students to do somewhere in your room for them to refer to but have no clue how to create one, this template is for you. Rachel Lynette breaks down the poster into manageable chunks so you don’t forget anything. I especially like her inclusion of a student model at the bottom of her post so students know exactly how their work is expected to look.

Tips and Hacks

The wonderful thing about teaching is that incredible educators can come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are able to take some markers, paper, and glitter and create hundreds of amazing looking projects, posters, and other classroom decorations. Others, myself included, look at those people in awe and wonder – How the heck did you learn to do that?! If you’re like me, then this post is perfect for you. It shows multiple ways to make your anchor charts look AMAZING with nothing more than some markers and the ability to doodle.

From here - the possibilities are endless. Anchor charts for classroom management or essential questions, working well in groups or what they're finished work should look like before they turn it in. Pinterest has examples of all of it - but now, you can get out there and make some beautiful anchor charts all on your own!

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