A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management

     I want to introduce you to the Savannah approach to classroom management and discipline issues. The approach is called CHAMPS: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management. Within this approach, the focus is on prevention and on teaching expectations to students. In our classrooms, we make every effort to structure for success by creating meaningful activities with frequent variety to engage student interest. In addition, we directly teach students how to behave responsibly in each major activity and transition.


    That is where CHAMPS comes in. CHAMPS stands for Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, and Success.
    CHAMPS stands for:
    C Conversation - Can students talk to each other?
    H Help - How do students get the teacher's attention? How do they get their questions answered?
    A Activity - What is the task/objective? What is the end product?
    M Movement - Can students move about?
    P Participation - How do students show they are fully participating? 
    S Success - If students follow the CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful.

    When students follow the CHAMP expectations, it leads to Success. We encourage you to ask your child if he or she knows about CHAMPS. Ask when and how students in the class can talk, get help, and get out of their seats. Ask how students in 3rd grade demonstrate that they are actively participating. If your child doesn’t know, encourage him or her to ask their teacher—it will give us a chance to review with students how they can be successful in the classroom. When students are meeting the CHAMPS expectations, we let them know that they are doing a good job by praising them and rewarding them with classroom cash to spend on special activities and our class store. When a student misbehaves, we try to correct the mistake by telling the student that behavior is unacceptable. We then give the student a chance to do it the right way. If the misbehavior continues, we may impose consequences such as 30 seconds off recess per infraction or a brief in-class timeout. If the problem occurs more than a few times, we will let you know so that we can work as partners to help your child behave responsibly and experience success in the classroom.

     If you have questions about any of this, please let us know. We can provide you with examples of how this is utilized in our classrooms during Parent/Teacher Conferences.  By working together, families and teachers can communicate high expectations and ensure a successful experience for all students.



    Third Grade Teachers

    An example of a CHAMPS poster posted in a classroom. 

Last Modified on August 29, 2012