Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Classroom Champions - Olympic Spirit in the Classroom

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Complete the application form to be considered for the 2012-13 program.
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What is Classroom Champions?
Classroom Champions is a nonprofit organization that connects students in high-need schools with Olympic and Paralympic athletes in order to motivate them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology.

Why should my school or class participate in Classroom Champions?
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.

How much time will participation in Classroom Champions require?
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.

Who can participate in Classroom Champions?

Participating students are primarily in grades 3-8 and in schools in which at least 50% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Classroom Champions only accepts individual classroom teachers with at least 1-2 years of teaching experience into the program.

Applying for Classroom Champions
How can I apply for 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.

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