For the 2019-2020 year, we will be using "Conscious Discipline" strategies.
Conscious Discipline is a program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline.
"Discipline isn't something you do to children, it's something you develop within them." - Dr. Becky Bailey
You will hear your children talking to you about the classroom expectations. The acronym we are using this year to help your child understand classroom expectations is "CHAMPs."
"C" = "Conversation"
This will let your child know if talking or conversing is allowed at certain points in the day. For example, talking is fine during independent work as long as it is about the learning task. Talking is not respectful while the teacher or another speaker is addressing the group.
"H" = "Help"
This will allow your child to know what to do to get help or questions answred. For example, if I am working with a small group doing guided reading instruction and your child has a question, he can put up his flag and the "buffer" will come help him or get the answer for him.
"A" = "Activity"
This will allow your child to know exactly what he should be doing. For example, if we are playing VOCABULARY DIP, your child will know that she needs to stay in her seat, focus on the speaker, cheer when appropriate, and move when it's her turn.
"M" = "Movement"
This will allow your child to know if it's OK to get up and move about. For example, if I am teaching a mini-lesson on compound words to the whole group, your child will know that he may not use the pencil sharpener at that time.
"P" = "Participation"
This will explain what is expected and what the end product should look like. For example, if we have just brainstormed as a class 25 ways to build a tent and then a writing assignment was given, your child would know exactly what to do and what/ when that assignment is due.
Ask your child about this!