I think it’s safe to say I am classroom management obsessed. It finally clicked after realizing I was sick of going home exhausted every day. I realized that instead of jumping right into the curriculum with my students, I need to take time to build a strong classroom management plan. I think that counts for one of those things we didn’t learn in college, right?! ;)
One thing I have done in the past was the CHAMPS classroom management system.
|Awesome picture courtesy of: Pathways for Learning Blog|
The CHAMPS system is a great idea, and I do believe that your classroom will be pure chaos if your kids don’t know what you expectant of them. CHAMPS leaves all the guesswork out. It allows students to know what the expectations are throughout the entire day. For example, through the displayed expectations, students know whether or not they can use the bathroom at that moment. They also know the appropriate volume they should be speaking. The idea behind CHAMPS is that you have cards posted for each letter:
C= conversation (how loud can I be?)
H= help (how do I ask for help?)
A= activity (what is it that we will be doing)
M= movement (can I get up and move around the room?)
P= participation (how do I respond to this lesson/ how do I look?)
There are so many wonderful benefits to this system! But, the issue for was management. I am a firm believer in letting my kids run our classroom. I think it’s extremely important to give them this ownership, and with the CHAMPS system, it was entirely teacher-based. I had to set up the board for each and every lesson, and I often struggled to remember to changing the cards on the board. I tried having students do this as a job, but it would often be them looking at me trying to figure out which card to put up (because they obviously didn’t know the expectation at that moment!) Therefore, it didn’t work. You can learn more about CHAMPS here, and maybe you can share your ideas on how to make it easier on the teacher, because it really can be awesome!
She has some great, free printable rules you can post in your classroom. Click HERE to grab them!