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I'm a huge fan of CHAMPS. It is all about setting expectations ahead of time. 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 a system of expectations. It works with any set of rules/rewards/consequences you are already implementing. It can even be used if your school has a specific program in place. It is part of Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools and is research based.
Before each "activity" I go over with the students the expectations for that specific activity. Typically I do this before I teach to the whole group, before students are doing independent work, and before we do work stations.
The CHAMPS acronym stands for:
You can download this freebie to keep you organized. It includes tips, a checklist, and a document to keep track of when procedures are taught. I've used this for the last two years when I've worked with first year teachers, and they have been very appreciative :)
Here is just a sample of some of the procedures I like to cover at the beginning of the school year. I consider coming back from a long year just like the beginning of school!
Some tasks for the Work Station Manager Include:
- Computer Issues (logging in, etc)
- Help with Directions at a Work Station
- Finding Materials if someone needed something
Positive TicketsTo help encourage positive behavior, I give out tickets for specific things:
- Lining up without talking
- Clearing work space right when I ask
- Getting materials out
- Transitioning quietly
- Walking in the hall without talking
I also give tickets out when students work quietly!! As soon as students see me giving them out, they immediately straighten up.
Students trade tickets in for rewards: eating in the classroom, using the teacher's supplies, taking off shoes during a subject, extra recess for the class (this takes a ton), and other easy prizes that don't cost any money. I try and keep my prices low, so students can earn rewards frequently. As the year goes on, I change prices and add new prizes!
Click here to download the tickets!