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Does anyone use anchor charts to teach their classroom routines? Especially, beginning of the year routines.

Mar 28, 2015 1:36pm

I will be presenting to colleagues on the topic of classroom routines. I use anchor charts (student-created) to teach pretty much all strategies and skills. I would like to share a video at the presentation of how others use anchor charts to set up classroom routines.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Other
  • 3-5
  • Behavior / Class Culture


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    • Jul 15, 2015 2:41pm

      A morning procedure anchor chart is a must!! Simply refer to a number on the chart, that is being overlooked, give a wink, then the student gets on task and the morning moves along!! Everyone has their homework written down, waiting for their row to be called, pencils (3) sharpened, bathroom, water, agenda out, log out ready for check. At 8:05 I am ready to teach!! Bell Work: 7:50 to 8:05 And yes.....No pencils sharpened during the day.
      A HUGE time waster!!! procedure, procedure!! Parent notes, forms, money, etc. go in my 3 small mailboxes on my desk. labeled. Transportation changes must be to me by 8:05. Row captains take the student to the office for a trans. slip on the way to lunch. Zero time wasted. procedures, procedures!!
      I have more if anyone wants to see my chart.
      Sherri Head - Collins Elementary - Third grade
      38 years teaching. Instructional leadership Team

      • Jul 15, 2015 2:52pm

        Students will work diligently all week for FUN FRIDAY!
        It is from 1:30 to 1:55, every Friday. (puzzles, play dough, board games, and I buy treats)
        I use the 3-2-1 plan. I have never gotten to #1.
        I use the 321 in line, at specials, at lunch, in class.
        When I am working with a student and I need kids back to work, I simply hold up a three and all is restored.
        At the elmo........ write a 3, then a 2...... on a post it.
        If we are playing "roll the dice" to practice times tables, using 3, showing the Associative Property, it works.
        Sherri Head
        Collins Elementary - Third grade
        38 years teaching

        • Jul 17, 2015 7:55am

          Hi Lori!
          I don't use anchor charts to teach necessarily, but more support learning and structures in my classroom, so I don't know if this will be helpful to you, but here is how I use them...

          - After students have discussed strategies for operations during number talks, we create anchor charts like this:

          - On the first day of school, I have the students generate norms for our math work and discussions: