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Anchor Activities

Anchors are meaningful, self-directed activities that students move to when they complete an assigned task. In a differentiated classroom it is inevitable that students will complete their work at different paces. Once students know that they move to an anchor activity whenever they have free time, it becomes an important management strategy as well as an extension of learning.

Anchors may include activities such as:

  • reading
  • journal writing
  • responding to an open-ended question
  • managing a portfolio
  • playing games that reinforce a skill, e.g. word play