On Wednesday September 16th
all special education certified staff in the Alhambra School District
participated in an all day training focusing on proactive and positive
approaches to classroom management. This training, known as CHAMPS, is
based on the work of Randy Sprick, Ph.D., of Safe and Civil Schools. In
addition to helping all students feel and behave like champions, the
CHAMPS acronym reflects behavior expectations that are clearly defined
and directly taught to students depending on the activity in which
students are engaged.
After attending this workshop, Donielle
Rice, resource room teacher from Montebello School, immediately began to
implement several strategies. One of the first strategies trainer Pat
Somers introduced was developing an attention signal. Using an effective
well-practiced attention signal allows the teacher to gain the
attention of all students within 5 seconds. Instructional time is then
not lost on repeating instructions, answering the same questions, and/or
simply trying to gain the attention of all students at the same time.
She did this by teaching her attention signal, allowing opportunities to
practice, and then expecting all participants to use it throughout the
training session. Mrs. Rice got to work teaching her students her own
attention signal the very next day. Check out how they’ve mastered it:
Mrs. Rice also created CHAMPS posters for her classroom based on her
expectations of different types of activities. See the one below for
The Student Services Department is excited to see these effective strategies being implemented!