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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Visuals in the Classroom (chance to win)

Routines and procedures.
Procedures and routines.
Practice, repeat, practice again.

If this sounds familiar, we have something in common.  Over the past few weeks of school, I feel as if I have been teaching rules, routines and procedures more than ever.  We have a procedure for everything!  When we choose our lunch, we have a procedure.  When we line up for the restroom, we have a procedure.  When we go to recess, get our book boxes, go to our cubbies, grab backpacks, and even when we sit on the rug...  we have a procedure.

I use "one way" signs taped on my floor for those students who need a visual.  See below for examples of what I tape to my floor.

Even with the signs, I still have a one or two students who may interpret the sign as this...  (just kidding)

Anchor charts are another great visual we use in kindergarten.  As a class, we have created many anchor charts already.  I am a believer that anchor charts help as a visual to remind students what they learned.  We refer to them frequently throughout the year.  The only problem I have is that I have no room to hang them all.  This year, I decided to hang them on my ceiling.  I just staple them to the tiles above our rug area.  Here are a few that I already have hanging this year.

I think my favorite anchor chart of all is one from Kim Adsit's Shapes Galore Unit.  I refer to it so often at the beginning of the year that it hangs on my clothesline near the rug.

Since I am posting about visuals, I decided to wrap up this post with a crazy teacher picture!!  This was so unplanned!!  That is me on the far left.  Jessica is in the middle.  She teaches second.  Shelby is on the far right.  She teaches third grade at our school.  What a visual!!

Comment below to tell us what visuals you use in your classroom.  I will choose three random comments to win my Attention Grabbers packet from my TpT store.  Be sure to include your email address in the comment.

Endless Possibilities,


  1. How funny that you all dressed alike! I love the idea of hanging the anchor charts on the ceiling. Too bad that isn't an option for me. I love using sign language visual signals in the classroom. It really helps with classroom management too!

  2. Visuals are a great addition to my classroom, so that every time I don't have to repeat myself over and over. I would love a copy of your unit which will go a long way in helping me to better organized myself and my kiddos.

  3. I have a set of direction cards (cut, draw, color, glue, write, etc.) that I use to keep the students on task when we are doing a project. I put them up with magnets and add a bit of information after each one.

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  4. I used these visual direction cards ( Great for my little ones!

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