What is CHAMPS?

CHAMPS is an acronym teachers at Bryan use to create a classroom environment that promotes student responsibility, focus and motivation.  Each letter communicates what the learning will look like in a variety of instructional methods (whole group, small group, cooperative groups, independent, etc.). 

Conversation - what kind of talk does this learning call for?  With whom? What volume?

Help - How do students get questions answered? With a note? With a hand? From a peer?

Activity - What are students doing during the time? 

Movement - What, if  anything, can students get up and do?

Participation - How will students know they are participating as expected?  Are they reading actively? Taking notes?



What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavior supports and social culture needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. PBIS is a school-wide behavior management system designed to encourage essential social skills. Research shows that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change problematic, or unexpected behavior, but also to encourage and maintain expected behavior. PBIS helps to encourage a positive learning environment for students and also directly teaches our students important behavioral skills for life outside of Bryan Middle School. 

At Bryan, students receive positive praise throughout their school day to help reinforce all of the good choices that they make at school. Teachers recognize positive behaviors by giving out Demon Dollars. Students earn rewards for their good actions.

Many schools from across the region, state, and country imbed PBIS-related practices into their school days.  We are fortunate to be part of the Midwest PBIS network in order to strengthen the practices at Bryan. For more information, please visit