NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD administrators want its new teachers to grasp a management style called CHAMPS. The district adopted the national program last year.
Workshops will get teachers started, but most learning will be on-the-job.
In a CHAMPS seminar, teachers are the students.
"May I have your attention please?" Kathy Hoes, a National CHAMPS trainer said in an authoritative vide Thursday.
The authoritative tone is how National CHAMPS trainer Kathy Hoes grabs teachers' attention for a very important message.
"If you don't have good rules in your classroom, it's gonna cost you," Hoes said.
First grade teacher Bryan Matzke knows that after 23 years in the classroom, but he still had to learn last year the CHAMPS way of doing things.
"C is for conversation. H is for help, how you get help. A is for what activity are we doing," Matzke said. "M is what movement are going to do. P is about participation. And S is if you do all those things you'll be successful."
It is lot to grasp for first year teacher Erica Steed.
"They have sort of these tried-and-true practice methods that I'm still sort of trying to build on," Steed said.
"They're getting the basic tools today. Those basic tools will take them about six weeks to fully implement, but it may take up to a semester for them to truly find all the things they need to do," Hoes said.
The concern is by then students may have walked all over the teacher who has little to no teaching experience.
"They have to come on with that pre-plan, ready to go, or that could happen," Hoes said.
Teachers receive guidance on establishing classroom rules, procedures and expectations to present on the very first day of class.
"It is the time to let them know this is your class and you are in charge," Hoes said.
But teachers don't have to become drill sergeants.
"In reality we should be spending about 80 percent of our time in classroom management in preventing misbehavior from happening and only about 20 percent of reacting to misbehavior," Hoes said.
NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy said CHAMPS training for assistant principals played a role in removing the district from discipline monitoring by the Texas Education Agency.
"Working with CHAMPS and making sure all our APs are trained in CHAMPS, we're seeing that we're addressing students in a more positive manner."
Teachers will be graded by whether or not they can develop a classroom of students who are responsible, ready to work, and motivated. It's a big assignment for any teacher.
CHAMPS classroom management is used by Alief, Houston and Conroe school districts.