I have a confession to make: I don't do anchor charts. At least not like the rest of you do, according to Pinterest.
I have seen some super creative and super helpful anchor charts since, and it makes me want to take the plunge. But... I have a few questions/concerns with which I need your help first!
First of all, the OCD in me has a lot of anxiety about making and displaying charts without carefully planning out the use of space, wording, and images. I know that you're supposed to create these with your students, but I know myself enough to know that it will drive me crazy to see crooked lettering, awkward use of space, redundant wording, etc.
Also, what do you middle school teachers do about the fact that you have multiple classes with which you need to make the same(ish) chart? Do you seriously create a different chart with each class? I know you're not supposed to re-use an old chart because you want the students to have ownership of that information... but I'm supposed to do that 3 times a day? That seems like a waste of expensive chart paper!
Finally, how do you display the ever-growing library of anchor charts in your classroom? If it's important enough to make into an anchor chart (as opposed to simply putting it in our Interactive Notebooks), I'm assuming this is stuff we're going to use for more than just a week or two. I imagine my walls can get very cluttered very fast, and this also gives me anxiety.
The best solution I can come up with is to create digital anchor charts with each of my classes separately on the SMARTboard (assuming, of course, that I will have one in my next classroom), and then I can consolidate and transfer the information to chart paper at the end of the day. Is that insane?
I need your advice!
How do you, especially you middle school teachers, tackle anchor charts?