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  • Anchor activities are pre-planned activities, tied to your current or past units of study, that teachers have readily available in the classroom for when students finish early, or for when teachers want to work with small groups of students and ensure that the others are occupied doing meaningful, purposeful work.
  • Anchor activities should not be “busy work,” but meaningful activities that provide extension, enrichment, or practice of key course concepts and skills.
  • In a differentiated classroom students will complete assignments at different rates. Students who complete their assigned work at an acceptable proficiency level should not interpret that there is "nothing to do“ now. Anchor activities are tasks that students know to work on when they complete their assigned work. Anchor activities can be a stepping stone for teachers to begin working with flexible groups.
  • If a student is consistently finishing work early, it is possible that the student is finding the work too easy or is not completing work at acceptable levels of proficiency. It is at that point, the teacher must adjust the level of work or move to enable the student to work to potential at the current level.
  • Can be used to differentiate activities on the basis of student readiness, interest, or learning profile Allow students time to work on independent research, to explore a concept more deeply, and to enrich their skill development Can be used as a management strategy when working with small groups of students Can be a vehicle for making the classroom more student-centered
  • Explain each anchor activity, model and practice the procedure with the whole class. Be clear on expectations—establish clear policy for accountability, evaluation, and value. Develop ground rules with students. Only use tasks that require some time and thinking—it’s not worth the time of making the anchor activity to have the student be able to finish it easily and quickly. Provide clear instructions, materials, responsibilities, and expectations. Develop an anchor activity that has students using multiple skills and several content outcomes.
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  • Anchor activities are pre-planned activities, tied to your current or past units of study, that teachers have readily available in the classroom for when students finish early, or for when teachers want to work with small groups of students and ensure that the others are occupied doing meaningful, purposeful work. Anchor activities should not be “busy work,” but meaningful activities that provide extension, enrichment, or practice of key course concepts and skills.

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  • Anchor Activities Content from Early Release October 2010
  • Anchor Activities and Rigor
    • Pre-planned activities
    • Tied to current or past units of study
    • Readily available
  • Anchor Activities and Rigor
    • Not “busy work”
    • Meaningful
    • Extension, enrichment or practice
  • Instructional Practices-Anchor Activities
    • Differentiated classroom = complete assignments at different rates
    • ‘Nothing to do’
    • What to do when they complete assigned work.
    • Stepping stone for flexible groups
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  • Instructional Practices-Anchor Activities
    • “In this class we are never finished.  Learning is a process that never ends.”
    • Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Benefits of Anchor Activities
    • Differentiation
    • Explore a concept more deelpy
    • Enrich their skill development
    • Management strategy when working with small groups
    • Vehicle for more student-centered classroom
  • Steps to Implement Anchor Activities
    • Explain, model and practice
    • Be clear on expectations
    • Develop ground rules
    • Tasks that require time and thinking
    • Clear instructions
    • Develop an anchor activity that uses multiple skills
  • ANCHOR ACTIVITIES Can be : used in any subject whole class assignments small group or individual assignments tiered to meet the needs of different readiness levels Interdisciplinary for use across content areas or teams
  • Anchors to Help with Organization Step 1 Teach students to work independently on the Anchor Activity Step 2 Step 3 Half the class works on an Anchor activity Other half works on a different lesson. One third of class works on an anchor . One third of class works on different lesson One third of class works with teacher direct instruction
  • Organization for Anchor Activities
  • Practice-Rigor or Rigormortis????
    • Silent reading
    • Jigsaw Puzzle
    • Journal Writing
    • Math Problem of the Day
    • Read and select two current events, summarize one for group discussion
    • What’s in the Middle? Students take two photos (one is beginning and one is the end) Write the story.
    • Utilize a graphic organizer to classify rocks and mineral samples.
    • Compile a picture glossary
    • Problem-based learning example
  • Anchor Activities and Rigor
    • Resources available on the EIMS PD Wiki
    • www.eimspd.pbworks.com
  • Plus/Delta/Issue Bin Thank You !