Thursday, August 4, 2016


Hey, teacher friends!! I'm in full BTS mode and one item on my to-do list was update my CHAMPS / Rules visuals. I incorporate the CHAMPS systemWhole Brain teaching, and some basic American Sign Langauge to teach to my kiddos. They remember every rule this way and when I need to remind them of a rule, I just do the hand motion and they know exactly what I need them to do. We take the first 2 weeks of school and look at a rule a day. We read a social story, complete an interactive notebook and everyone takes turns 'showing the rule.' I have the rules velcroed to the front of the room and the students have access to small 'rule cards' as well.

I do not switch the CHAMPS during different activities because it is too confusing for my students. These rules can apply to all work in my classroom.

C is for Conversation, as long as they are completing their work, they are more than likely conversing appropriately-which for my students' conversations are greatly encouraged.

H is for Help. I've applied Hands to Self here. My students sometimes have a difficult time keeping their hands to themselves.  Therefore, if their hands are 'doing what they're supposed to' then they can have the opportunity to ask for help appropriately and remain on task.

A is for Activity.  Everyone in my class can be doing a different activity at any moment.  Therefore as long as they are following their schedule or 'asking first' before going to a choice activity, then they are doing what they are supposed to and following the rules.

M is for movement. We spend a great deal of time talking about 'making smart choices.' This encourages my students to critically think 'should I be doing this?'

P is for participation.  I want my students to reciprocate conversation as well as be polite and respectful, therefore I placed "Please and Thank you" as a rule.

S is for supplies.  I made this 'Sit at your desk.' I have students who wander and roam most of the time, but as long as they sit at their desk to complete their work, they will have access to their supplies and appropriate equipment.

I hope this helps! Here's a little freebie if  you're interested in incorporating this into your classroom.

 What do you use for your class rules?