Guide to Tripod’s 7Cs Framework


Teachers who care show concern for students’ emotional and academic well-being. They develop supportive, personalized relationships with students, cultivate an emotionally safe environment, and respond consistently to students’ social, emotional, and academic learning needs.

Message to Students:

“Your success and well-being matter to me in a serious way.”

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Sample Student Survey Items

(for different grade levels)

Indicators of an Exemplary Classroom

Teachers effectively demonstrate care through practices like these:

Building relationships

The teacher actively develops positive relationships with all students.

  • The teacher is courteous, respectful, and fair with all students.
  • The teacher shows sincere interest in students’ lives.
  • The teacher pays attention to students as individuals.

Addressing learning needs

The teacher commits to monitoring and responding to students learning needs.

  • The teacher maintains an intellectually and emotionally safe environment.
  • The teacher consistently provides assistance as needed.
  • The teacher fosters a culture that encourages students to seek and accept help.

Reflection Questions

Consider these questions as you reflect on your classroom practice:

  • What expectations and routines do you establish to create an intellectually and emotionally safe environment?
  • What type of language and tone do you use when…
    • Offering students encouragement?
    • Trying to help students improve their behavior?
    • Commenting on students’ work?
  • How often do you show interest in students’ extracurricular activities and lives outside school?
  • How do you incorporate opportunities for students to share their personal experiences, interests, and concerns?
  • How do you respond when students seem sad or upset?
  • How do you respond when students want to talk about issues they are facing unrelated to your class?
  • How do you customize support based on students’ specific learning needs?
  • How do you show sensitivity and express encouragement when a student seems frustrated or ready to give up?

Sample Strategies

Try implementing teaching strategies like these in your classroom:

  • Check in with students privately if they seem upset and kindly ask if something is bothering them.
  • Ask students to write you a “Dear Teacher” letter in which they share suggestions for helping them learn better.

  • Greet students personally when they walk into the classroom.
  • Test your assumptions about students’ motivations, especially when you perceive that a student is not trying or has intentionally done something wrong. Be careful not to assume that your critical perceptions of students are correct.

We’ve curated a set of teaching resources for Care on BloomBoard. As you set goals and pursue professional learning opportunities, use these resource collections to access additional strategies, tools, and examples of effective practices in action.

Care: Building Relationships

Care: Addressing Learning Needs

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