I am so excited to link up this month with other amazing bloggers sharing their Teacher Wisdom! In my opinion, classroom management kind of makes or breaks a good school year. I've kind of learned the hard way that even though I may be a little laid back, my classroom and students needs structure!
Something OldMy copy of this book is well worn, but it still has great classroom management advice. There is also quite a bit about preventing and planning to help alleviate classroom management issues.
Something NewThis is my Classroom Management Pinterest Board that I set up this summer. There are lots of easy to implement ideas to help with classroom management issues.
One of my favorite new pins is from Melissa Mazur. It is hand signals for sign language.
Something BorrowedI love this freebie from D Conway!!! The visuals are great and work perfect for a pre-k or kindergarten class!
Something TrueI'm a huge fan of CHAMPS. Here is a blog post I wrote that was featured on Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom blog. You can download my CHAMPS posters here for free.
CHAMPS is part of Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools and is a research based program with over thirty years of classroom research.
The CHAMPS acronym stands for:
Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity?
Help: How do students get the teacher's attention and their questions answered?
Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product?
Movement: Can students move about during this activity?
Participation: How do students show they are fully participating? What does work behavior look/sound like?
Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful!
According to Save and Civil Schools, CHAMPS strategies are easy to implement and will:
•Reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals
•Improve classroom climate
•Increase student on-task behavior