Maybe it's just me but I found this blog a little bit offensive. Just because teachers choose to take their time to create an anchor chart or take pride in their work doesn't mean that they are trying to show off or create a "museum." There is a time and place for everything. There are charts that I make neat and colorful because they are up on the walls for a while and I want my room to be aesthetically pleasing to not just adults, but also my students. The visuals draw the attention of the students. I find rooms with clutter, and scrappy horrible teacher handwriting that don't look like any time was put into it, disturbing. As I child I was also distracted by visual clutter. I have also heard parents complain when materials don't look professional. That being said, there are many charts that are used for the short-term that the students help to create. Using post-its, colored notecards, or preprinted words can make a huge difference, and of course there are times we just write right on the chart. Laminating the template and the letting the kids add ideas is a happy compromise. I do use my charts as visual aides for the kids to complete their interactive notebooks, so pride in our work is an important lesson. There's nothing wrong with teaching kids about "rough drafts" either, so sometimes we brainstorm our charts and then remake them for "show quality." Students can also help make the final copy.
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