Once conferences are over, I've always felt that it's a bit like New Year's Day. We've wrapped up one marking period and are moving forward with new goals for the kids, and I love that feeling. Along with this is the cleaning up that I like to do in my room. I mean literally cleaning up things that need to be filed, taking the labels off the desks of the students who can't stop themselves for picking at them, taking down old student work and putting up more current projects, and filing until I go blind.
One other thing I like (and need) to do is take down anchor charts that are not currently needed and put up our newer ones. Here's my dilemma. The way that my room is set up, I have very little wall or magnetic whiteboard space for hanging charts. The biggest issues are that my Smartboard takes up the majority of my whiteboard space, the furniture covers a lot of the bulletin boards, and I am not allowed to run any clothesline through the room as per the fire marshall. I have a wall of large windows that I can put charts in, so that's one space I will be using, but otherwise I'm at a bit of a loss. I've been combing through the most excellent chartchums blog for ideas, and there are some nice posts about alternative spaces to put mini-charts.
One idea I like is the idea of charts of different sizes. Here's a picture from chartchums that shows the idea (not my picture--100% theirs):
Click on any of the pics above to head over to the chartchums blog, because it is all sorts of awesome. They even wrote a book about charts. I'd love to hear other ideas and solutions if you have similar wall space issues in your classrooms!