The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:33 and 40 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…Let all things be done decently and in order.” To this end, Trinity Lutheran Christian School uses a classroom management approach called CHAMPS: A Positive Proactive Approach to Classroom Management which exhibits the lifestyle of our Christian School. Within this approach, the focus is on prevention and on teaching expectations to students.
In our classrooms, we make every effort to structure our lessons for success by creating meaningful activities with frequent variety to engage the students’ interests. The most important components of the program are that everyone teaches the students their expectations from the first day of school and uses the same terminology. In this way, even though each teacher has their own way of doing things, there is a common language and clear expectations from room to room.
CHAMPS is an acronym that stands for the basic components of the system.
Conversation – Can students talk to each other?
Help – How do students get their questions answered? How do they get your attention?
Activity – What is the task or objective? What is the end product?
Movement – Can students move around?
Participation – What does the expected student behavior look and sound like? How do students show that they are fully participating?
Success – If students follow the CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful.