Optimum Organization {July 6th}

Welcome to this week's party!  Kristen and I hope that you have been finding some good ideas along the link-up way :)  Thank you to everyone that has been linking up with us.

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Now on to my idea for the week.

Paper source: The Clipart Factory Font: A Cupcake for the Teacher
Do you use anchor charts in your room?  Are they generated as a class?  I create mine {mostly} with my classes. Since I teach three classes of math, I don't create them completely with the students.  When introducing a unit of study, I will start with the Common Core standard and an essential question.  The next day, I'll add more detail and we'll discuss the content.

Here's a picture (not the best) of one that I created for Dividing (with up to 4-digit divideds and 1-digit divisors):
In the top left-hand corner, you can see the CCSS listed.  In the top right-hand corner is the  essential question.

But, this post is not about anchor charts and how they work.  I'm sure you already know a lot about that.  My organizational tip is this:

At the end of the year, right before testing, I had to take all of these beauties down.  They all tore (of course), but I'd want to make them new next year anyway. So, the question is....

Paper source: The Clipart Factory Font: A Cupcake for the Teacher
I took pictures of them!

This might not be a new tip to you, but it was a new idea for me this year.
If you follow me on Instagram, it was one of the pictures that I posted :)

I saved them in a folder on my computer labeled "Beginning of the Year".  This way, at the beginning of the year (oh so original), I'll know where to find my anchor charts.

Simple tip.  Hope it helps :)

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  1. Great idea. I love the font you used. It's great that you put the name. Now I can go find it! :)
    Have a fabulous day.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. It would be amazing if you shared your anchor charts ;)

  3. I was planning on doing that, but then I got in a mad rush trying to pack up my room to move into a different one and they ended up in the trash. I'll have to rely on my prowess in pinning to help me out this year. ;P
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. At some point last year I started a list of anchor charts that I created throughout the year, but I'm thinking it would be much simpler for me to just take pictures of the ones as I go and refer back to those the following year-- thanks for the great idea!
    Learning to the Core

  5. I love simple ideas because I swear they are always the best ones of all! This is very easy and very clever, thank you dear Elizabeth!!

  6. What a wonderful idea! I've been trying to save things in a folder labeled First Days of school over the past two years, but never thought of saving the anchor chart I made. Great idea! Thanks for Sharing.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  7. This is a great idea! I love that division chart!

  8. Such a great idea! :)
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Great idea letting the students help. Anchor charts are such a great organizational tool.

  10. I have been working really hard on moving my files over to binders and every time I fold up an anchor chart (I keep them from year to year for a reminder!) and put it in a clear pocket protector I think to myself there has got to be a better way!!! Thank you for sharing the better way - I can not wait to get rid of the huge pieces of chart paper and have just one nice page. I think I might make 2 copies one for me and one for a binder for the students to use. Thank you so much!!!

  11. I take pictures of my son's projects from school as well and then at the end of the year, upload them into BLURB and make a little book. Thank you for sharing this idea regarding Anchor Charts. :)