All this to explain why I didn't link up with my reading update yesterday, even though my drafts folder has a list of about 10 books ready to be finished and scheduled.
And why my taxes still aren't done.
And why I've been a poor commenter lately. Speaking of... do any of you find that when you comment using the Bloglovin' app, the comments never actually appear?? I swear I have like 5,000 blog comments lost in cyber space somewhere.
Anyway, I am trying to get myself back on track today and have a Tuesday Teaching Tip to share. One of the best classroom managment techniques I've used has been CHAMPS. Basically, before every activity, the teacher is supposed to set the following expectations:
- What is the appropriate conversation level?
- 0 = silence, 1 = whisper, 2 = table talk, 3 = presentation voice
- How should students ask for help?
- ask a neighbor, raise hand, display a red card, come to conferencing table, etc.
- What activity should students be doing?
- silent reading, writing, note-taking, etc.
- What movment is allowed?
- bathroom, tissue, pencil sharpeners, etc.
- What does participation look like?
- reading, writing, active listening, taking notes, etc.
- CHAMP = Success
There are a few ways to display the CHAMPS expectations. One option is to make a poster like the one below, which lists all of the possible options. This works well for activities that are routine (morning work, independent reading, direct instruction, etc.). My one warning, though, is that I think these posters can be pretty overwhelming if they get too big!
Another option is to have a giant, laminated CHAMPS poster in the classroom. Each day, you can CHAMP out the activity with a dry erase marker. This has been the preferred method in my school, and it works well in a class that implements one main activity each day.
As an ELA teacher, however, we often do many activities in a 90-minute block of time, with the expectations changing for each activity. I've gone back and forth in my mind for how I feel it's best to display these expectations, and I think my preference is in a digital file. This way, I can simply pull up the appropriate chart for the current activity (and it's stored on my computer for future use).