Our class utilizes the CHAMPS behavior model as well as a class contract. Both of these components are basically another way of stressing the “Golden Rule” – treat others as you would want others to treat you. We began our year by sitting down together and sharing thoughts about:
How they want to be treated by me.
How they think I want to be treated.
How they want to be treated by each others.
We put these ideas on a large chart using the terms from our Character Education program – loyal, responsible, respectful, caring, kindness, honesty, concern, etc. After everyone agrees to the list we all take ownership of the contract by signing our names to it. It is up in our classroom as a daily reminder of how we need to behave toward each other. The basic rules listed below are posted in our class to help us honor our contract.
1. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
2. Listen to and follow directions immediately.
3. Raise your hand to speak.
4. Work quietly during all work times.
If someone has a problem honoring the contract, a number is placed in his/her planner. A more detailed explanation of the number is in the back of the planner. Your child is also responsible for writing a report of what happened in their planner. Please take a moment to check your child’s planner daily in order to reinforce good choices. It is very important that you initialize the planner if your child received a number that day.