I teach it today, they forget it tomorrow! What can I do??

Capture their learning and make it visible with anchor charts!


Any skills or strategies you teach your students should be captured in an anchor chart.  This chart should include the content, processes, cues, and guidelines for the specific learning process you are teaching.  These charts should be co-created with you and the students and include examples and ideas designed with the students.

Immediately post the anchor chart in the classroom, and refer to it as often as possible.  This will make the prior learning accessible to students and they will allow them to make connections to new learning.  Model the practice of looking for anchor charts when the skill or strategy come up during instruction.

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You may also want to differentiate your anchor charts, and make paper copies for students to keep in an Anchor Chart Notebook.  This way, students will have access to charts according to their needs which makes it more meaningful.

Student Compare Contrast Anchor CHart

Students can also create anchor charts in small groups or independently that can be shared with the rest of the class.


Another way to keep the charts alive and relevant  is to have students add examples or additions to previously created anchor charts using post-it notes.

Check out TONS of examples of anchor charts on Pinterest…


You can also click on My Pinterest Boards in the menu above to see my Anchor Learning board!




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