Participation in Classroom Champions offers teachers an opportunity to excite and engage their students by incorporating their Athlete Ambassador and the Olympic ideals into multiple aspects of their teaching. Previous Classroom Champions teachers reported that their students demonstrated higher motivation to learn, increased engagement in classroom activities, and higher levels of self-efficacy. Higher motivation and self-efficacy are associated with greater academic achievement and better overall performance in school.
Using advanced telecommunications technology, students and their athletes communicate throughout the school year. Participation in the program need not take substantial minutes away from instructional time, as teachers can incorporate their Athlete Ambassador and the Olympic ideals into their standing curricula. Classroom Champions teachers invest some time and effort beyond their regular teaching load preparing for Classroom Champions activities, including viewing and creating video messages, reading blogs, writing letters, drafting goals, etc. Many teachers have reported spending an additional 1-2 hours per week preparing Classroom Champions activities. Teachers are also encouraged to collaborate with their Classroom Champions colleagues to further enhance their students’ experience with Classroom Champions.
We will be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year during March 2012. Teachers can begin the application process online at this address: http://fs2.formsite.com/ClassChamp/form6/index.html.