Monday, September 7, 2009

Let's Start At the Very Beginning - State Expectations


The goal of every classroom is to develop students who are responsible, motivated and highly engaged in meaningful tasks.

How can this be done. Post the guideline, skill, attitude or traits that all students are to learn to exhibit. At every point in the lesson, use the word expectation.

There are three levels, just like the Quality Review. The student is exhibiting a skill, attitude, behavior or trait that is:
1. exceeding the expectation
2. meeting the expectation
3. below the expectation

See the pattern. Students need consistency. Students need to know what you want them to do at each step of the lesson.

Put the word expectation into every major transition of a lesson. Stick with it. It makes the conversation objective and about the facts. It is specific, observable, constructive statements. Its not about letting emotions cloud one's vision.

I learned about C.H.A.M.P.S. from a wonderful educational leader, Arisleyda Urena, principal of the Academy for Language and Technology. C.H.A.M.P.S. is a positive method to instill routines and rituals in the classroom. It is a tool to help both teachers and students remain poised. Remaining poised is essential to maintaining control, especially in a classroom situation.

Click here for the PowerPoint on How to do C. H. A. M. P. S.

Click here to help one use C.H.A.M.P.S. for a classroom activity.

Click here to help one use C.H.A.M.P.S. for a transition in the lesson.

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