Guide to Tripod’s 7Cs™ Framework
Teachers who challenge students insist that they persevere and do their best work.
They hold students to high academic standards, encourage persistence, and monitor student effort.
Message to Students:
“I insist upon real understanding, not just memorization, and I will not let you give up, even when the work becomes difficult.”
Indicators of an Exemplary Classroom
Teachers effectively challenge students through practices like these:
Pressing for rigorous thinking
The teacher sets high standards for thinking and reasoning.
- The teacher asks probing questions that require students to think deeply.
- The teacher requires students to explain their thinking.
- The teacher encourages students to generate original, creative ideas.
Pressing for quality work
The teacher sets high standards for student performance.
- The teacher requires all students to strive for high quality work and clearly conveys a belief in their capability.
- The teacher requires students to revise work based on feedback.
- The teacher differentiates instruction to provide appropriate levels of challenge for students at different skill levels.
Pressing for persistence
The teacher requires students to work hard and persist in their learning.
- The teacher consistently requires all students to try hard, especially those who may tend to be disengaged.
- The teacher communicates that when work is difficult, effort and persistence lead to personal growth and ultimate success.
- How do you set challenges that are at the appropriate level for each student’s growth?
- How do you scaffold instruction to support students in rising to the challenges facing them?
- How do you engage students in thinking deeply about key ideas?
- What do you do when students respond superficially or incompletely?
- How do you model the persistence and rigor that you expect from students?
- How do you respond when students express doubts about their own abilities or begin to give up?
- How do you recognize and provide positive reinforcement for students who succeed beyond their expectations?
- Regularly communicate the expectation that all students can achieve challenging learning goals and you will support them in doing so.
- Ask open-ended, higher-order questions and use thinking routines such as Think/Pair/Share to engage students in deepening and explaining their ideas.
- Probe student responses with additional questions that invite them to expand their thinking.
- Ask students to refine their work in light of feedback until it meets criteria for success.