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Sunday, May 13, 2012

CHAMPS in My Classroom

 
Behavior Board in My Classroom
As the year is coming to an end {15 1/2 days, but who's counting?} I've been very pleased with my group. I'm very pleased with our entire 3rd grade. We had "the group" ~ you know what I'm talking about. The group that the Kinder teachers warned the 1st grade teachers about, 1st ran and told 2nd to watch out, we've watched them as 3rd grade teachers and thought, really? the FCAT with these sweethearts??!!  
Then at the beginning of this year we had two teachers leave and two other teachers move to our grade level from other grades. We then used this time of change to start Teaming. Two teachers taught Math and two taught Reading. I wasn't too sure I wanted to do this, I love the Daily Five, but agreed to do Math and Science. We have a new principal, I adore her, so if it is what she thinks will work, I'm all in! After all this change, it was time to really, really, really work on behavior. We had a lot of "adults" ~ a lot of "leaders" ~ you know what I mean, too many bosses, not enough employees. A perfect example, we would send two children to the bathroom from the playground, after a few minutes, they were not back. Turns out, one wanted a band aid so they went on their own and without permission to the clinic, in addition to swinging by their old second grade room to say hello to their past teacher and the kindergarten building to wave hello to a younger sibling....we really had to crack down on "being a student" and "let me be the teacher" since most of the group really enjoyed talking back and telling others what to do, right or wrong. 
Champs was wonderful in setting standards for EVERYONE, fair, equal and positive. I teach Math and Science for two hours, lunch and then Math and Science to my next group. If you have not heard of CHAMPS, the basic starting point is that it is about telling the students the classroom expectations in advanced. AND...review these standards before every lesson. CHAMPS stand for ~
C = Conversation
H = Help
A = Activity
M = Movement
P - Participation
S= Success!
When you first read the book or go to training, there are a lot of different things for each category, but I found that I only need two choices for each.
C = Conversation
0 No Talking {When I am giving direct instruction.}
2 Inside Voice {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers.}
H = Help
Raise Your Hand {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Ask 3 Then Me {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers, they need to ask 3 other students first, then interrupt me at small group. Very rarely will they have to interrupt the teacher.} This definitely needs to be role played at the start because you will have some that can't wait to "ask 3!"
A = Activity
Listen {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Learning {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers.}
M = Movement
None {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Restroom {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers, they may not go from center to center, but they may go to the restroom without asking.}
P - Participation
Everyone {This never changes.}
S= Success!
I wrote these on colored sentence strips at the start of the year with the intention of making them on PowerPoint with wonderful graphics, laminate them and having the board look amazing....yep, May 14th and the sentence strips are still there and still working! The pink sentence strips have writing on each side and are in place with two clear thumb tacks. When I am ready to transition from direct instruction to center work, I read/review the chart with the students and then flip the card to the other side. So 0 No Talking turns over to 2 Inside Voice, while I'm reviewing the chart.
Later this week I'll write about the other side, how I use a "Flip Your Card" to be a POSITIVE behavior chart in my classroom.  
Remember, it may be the end of the year for you, but if the kids are getting out of hand and you are EXHAUSTED, it is NEVER too late to introduce a new plan. The students need structure and you need peace! :)
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9 comments:

  1. I love your behavior management system! I will definitely need this next year. I can't wait to check out all of your wonderful ideas. Thanks for stopping by my blog: Third Grade Love.
    Darleen
    Third Grade Love
    http://thirdgradelove.blogspot.com

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  2. I so agree with you!!! Our behavior system worked all year! We had the clip up and clip down system. It worked like a charm. Then we had a new friend join the class and the dynamics changed. Throw the end of the year into it...and we've had A LOT of reminders about the rules...expectations, etc. Yesterday I finally started a tally system. They start with 20. I can take them away if they are breaking rules. It's been hard with nice weather and all the testing we have to do to end the year. With my tally system, they are once again helping each other. Whatever we have left at the end of the day...they get in recess minutes! It's working wonders! :) Thanks for sharing your system!

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    1. Wow! I love that idea, I've never heard it, but talk about making the group be kind to each other and not lose control when one darlin' is misbehaving....I'm going to file this great idea away!!
      Thanks,
      ~Fern

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  3. Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower!

    Heather teachittoday.blogspot.com

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    1. Heather, I love your name! My 17 y/o is Heather, but she'll always be my baby! I'm now following you, thanks for stopping by!
      ~Fern

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  4. Hi I am also in FL and been to the training and all. Also, I like the way you presented your bb.

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  5. I love the idea of POSITIVE behavior management. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and linking up with us!

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  6. I like your Champs, Fern!!! I'm visiting through the linky party. You can find my post here at The Teacher's Chatterbox
    Blessings,
    Rebecca

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