Gateway Community School uses a proactive approach to teach students how to behave responsibly. Using the CHAMPS strategies designed by Dr. Randy Sprick and his Safe and Civil Schools organization, Gateway Community School has developed methods for clearly communicating our high expectations to students for every school activity and transition. Students at Gateway become familiar with CHAMPS and reflect on their own behavior weekly.
Gateway Community School beliefs about student behavior:
All students are treated with dignity and respect.
Students are taught the skills and behaviors necessary for success.
Motivation and responsibility are encouraged through positive interactions and building relationships
Student misbehavior represents a teaching opportunity.
Gateway Community School defines our high expectations through CHAMPS:
Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity?
Help: How do students get the teacher's attention and their questions answered?
Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product?
Movement: Can students move about during this activity?
Participation: How do students show participation? What does participation look/sound like?
Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they are successful!
Benefits of CHAMPS:
Teachers establish clear expectations with logical and fair responses to misbehavior.
Teachers spend less time disciplining and more time teaching.
Teachers learn tools to motivate students to do their best.
Students are taught how to behave responsibly.