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The other day, when I was envisioning an anchor chart for a lesson, I was reminded that the process of making an anchor chart should not only be a process, but that our focus should be about the process of making thinking visible. I found myself going through a series of questions when visualizing what this chart might look like when we were done creating.
- Will the chart remind my students of a "shared experience"?
- Will the chart support the students in "thinking"and not just being told what to do? (Not just a set of directions)
- Was the thinking on the chart grounded in a common text?
- Will the chart make our thinking visible and promote a process of transferring to another reading experience?
The final product...a main idea anchor chart. I decided to display the text (common text) and create our chart interactively (shared experience). The post-its showed the thinking that it takes to determine the main idea (promoting a process) and records their responses (their thinking) while working through the concept. If something is going to be posted in the classroom, I wanted my students to CREATE a chart that they would have ownership of and would spotlight our thinking together. Remembering that reading is thinking, not completing a set of directions.
|Use this to guide PLANNING your lesson/chart...|
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