Educators continuously find ways to engage learners and effectively promote their progress. This includes being flexible to adapt to the changing interest and personalities of different students.
Due to advances in technology, today’s generation is keener on visuals rather than traditional texts. It is much easier to catch and hold their attention by ‘thinking visibly.’ Thus, making an anchor chart is a perfect strategy that a lot of teachers are already using all over the world.
When asked why teachers chose to use this concept in their classroom teaching, they responded with different answers. One of the advantages is for students to recognize their goals and set expectations. It is also useful for students when learning and reviewing concepts. It gives children something visual to anchor their learning back when old concepts are spiraled in.
Furthermore, students are involved in the process of creating the anchor charts. When they are active participants, they are more likely to remember what was taught.
Here are several ways on how to use Anchor Charts:
- Put them in Journal
Students can individually make their own anchor charts in their journal to make them more engaged of the lesson.
- Print them out for review
Print out anchor charts so students can take them home and use them during reviews and when they have homework.
- Make them colorful and print-rich
As said earlier, one effective way to gain students’ attention is by being visually pleasant and eye-catching. Thus, making them colorful would really be advantageous.
- Laminate them
Anchor charts can be useful until the next lesson since they are based on basic concepts. Laminating them for use until the next grade is a good option.
Anchor charts would really help in the learning process once used correctly. Be sure to only include the most relevant information so students would not be confused. Anchor charts can be used for a variety of subjects and topics as shared by some teachers all over the world.