Learn Like a Champion FREEBIE!

Let's talk classroom and behavior MGT.  This is one of my favorite topics!  I always tell my parents at Curriculum Night that I do not reward good behavior. Sound crazy right?  Good behavior in Mrs.  Schroeder's class is expected.  Not something you do for a treat.  I DO reward Extraordinary Behavior.  What is the difference?  Well good behavior is being quite in the hallway or not throwing pencils.  (Really?  they know better:)  Extraordinary behavior is helping a friend who dropped a whole tub of crayons or if someone gets hurt they come and get help.  Those things need a BIG TIME reward.  I have super stars on my board up front that I have those students grab and display on their desk.  They then get to pick from the prize pots at the end of the day:)  We spend a good part of the first week learning and modeling the difference. You can read more about my philosophy on Behavior MGT in Beyond Flipping Cards...creating a classroom of independent learners!

One other thing that I always start the first week is Learn Like a Champion.  Now being from OHIO we are OSU fans in our house but for Behavior MGT I am a Fighting Irish fan.  Let me show you why!
 If you have not seen the movie RUDY...go grab it.  It is one of my favorites.  I recap the tale for my class of a young college boy with a dream.  How he takes a chance and leaves what is familiar to him and works hard to earn his dream of playing for The Fighting Irish. 

I then introduce our LEARN Like a Champion sign.  I have my class discuss what Learning like a Champion might look like.  We also practice exiting the classroom and entering while touching the hand print on the sign with a tap.  Through out the classroom I have mini signs posted and if someone needs a reminder it is easy to ask them to read the sign silently and give it a tap to redirect them. 
Mine is looking pretty bad after 4 years of 2nd graders tapping it.  So I am making a new one and you can download it for free:)  I sure hope this helps some of you out.  This is truly one of my favorite ways to teach behavior MGT to my students.  Remember it is not you responsibility to manage them it is your responsibility to teach them to manage themselves.  TEACH Like a CHAMPION!
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  1. Love it, love it, love it!! Thanks so much for the freebies and video. I love Rudy, too. I have got to ask...Where from Ohio are you? We are from Findlay, Ohio.

  2. Fabulous article Monica and Oh So True! I love your way of thinking on behavior and making your classroom a Team of Champions! Rudy is an excellent movie choice to illustrate that point! My son's football coach showed the team that movie every year to get them inspired and it's a family favorite of ours now as well!

  3. OMG! I absolutely LOVE this idea! My family and I are HUGE ND fans... I will definitely be using this in my classroom!!! Do you have any other "rules" for your class or does this do the trick?


  4. I love love LOVE this idea! We are in Fighting Irish country and most of my kids would love this idea. I've read your other behavior management techniques and really enjoy your philosophy. Awesome!

  5. Okay, I was thinking about this idea all day today. I think I have to try it!! I think I am going to make another poster that says "Teach Like A Champion" for me to touch as I walk in and out of the room. We always model, right? I'm excited! Thanks so much for sharing this idea.

    The Teaching Thief

  6. Oh, I almost forgot. There is a great book called "Teach Like A Champion" that looks at specific strategies teachers are using to engage kids and be highly effective. Many of the strategies seem obvious, but I enjoyed the read through and got some new tips to work into my repertoire.

    The Teaching Thief

  7. Amanda...that is great! Thanks for letting me know:)
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