Introduction to CHAMPS

The basis of PBIS rests on the premise that all staff need to work towards being proactive; not reactive, during each school day. The old saying in the PBIS world is: “If a child doesn’t know . . . we teach!”

Classroom management can be one the most challenging aspects of teaching. As teaching becomes more stressful with increased accountability standards, a well-managed classroom is key to maximizing student learning.

CHAMPS is a system of expectations that works with any set of rules, rewards, or consequences that are already being implemented within a school. It allows one to teach behavior expectations throughout the school day. It also allows the teacher to set expectations for each activity during the day in the classroom.

The CHAMPS acronym stands for:

C onversation.................Can students talk to each other during this activity?

H elp...................................How do students get the teacher’s attention and questions answered?

A ctivity..............................What is the task/objective?

M ovement.......................Can students move about during this activity?

P articipation...................What does work behavior look/sound like?

S uccess.............................When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful.


According to Safe and Civil Schools, CHAMPS strategies are easy to implement and will reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals, improve classroom climate and increase student on-task behavior, and establish respectful interactions.

In addition to CHAMPS, it is important to also positively praise and reward (class points) as much as possible when students are demonstrating the expectations. Here at Skelly, we use classroom dojo not only as a communications tool, but also as a tracking system for student progress. The CHAMPS process continues to move our school community in a direction that Is both positive and productive!