CHAMPs Classroom Management System

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

If you are curious about the CHAMPs system of classroom management, or if you just want to learn about a new style of running your classroom, take a look at the lesson below. We will explore the CHAMPs method and take a look at how it can be implemented in the classroom.

Managing a Classroom

If you are a teacher, you have probably realized that classroom management is an important part of your teaching style. If you have ever been in a classroom setting before, you are well aware that there is no effective teaching without effective classroom management. Sounds simple right: ask the students to behave a certain way and they will. If only it were that easy. Classroom management takes time and consistency.

Before even thinking about lesson planning, focus on classroom management. How will you get students to listen, raise their hands, answer questions, and work with others? There are so many different types of management styles and it can be overwhelming to read through the material on classroom management. Focusing on one style at a time can make it easier to decide whether or not that style is right for you. One of the most popular management styles is called CHAMPs. Let's take a look.

C is for Conversation

The first part of the CHAMPs method is to stay aware of how students are conversing during any particular classroom activity. More importantly, students should be told the expectations about conversation for an activity. You can explain this verbally or simply write out their 'C' expectations on the board. This will vary based on grade level. For younger grades, you might use a picture or color (red, yellow, green) to let them know how much talking you are allowing. For older grades, you can simply write it on the board. Tell students before the activity starts who they are allowed to speak with, for how long and the expected topic for their discussions. Alternatively, if they need to work on their own without speaking, be sure to make that clear as well.

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