Guide to Tripod’s 7Cs™ Framework
Teachers who clarify help students understand content and resolve confusion. They explain ideas and concepts in a variety of ways, check frequently for understanding, address misconceptions, and provide useful feedback.
Message to Students:
“I can explain in a variety of ways, and when you are confused, I will help you understand.”
Indicators of an Exemplary Classroom
Teachers effectively clarify through practices like these:
The teacher explains concepts clearly and anticipates common areas of difficulty.
- The teacher effectively explains key concepts and offers multiple explanations for those that frequently cause confusion.
- The teacher models success by providing examples and rubrics that establish expectations.
- The teacher breaks down complex tasks and provides instructional supports for new skills and concepts as needed.
Checking for understanding
The teacher uses a variety of strategies to check for understanding and clear up confusion.
- The teacher checks regularly for understanding using techniques such as questioning, quizzes, exit slips, and monitoring student work.
- The teacher asks students to check their work against rubrics and exemplars.
- The teacher surfaces misconceptions and addresses them effectively.
Providing constructive feedback
The teacher provides useful, timely, and specific feedback.
- The teacher provides specific, descriptive, concise feedback on student work linked to standards and established criteria for success.
- Feedback on student work focuses on supporting students’ thinking and self-directed problem-solving.
- The teacher customizes feedback on students’ work to guide their next steps.
- Do you provide orderly, structured explanations when introducing new ideas, including illustrative examples?
- Do you anticipate questions by considering what students will likely find difficult?
- Do you generate multiple explanations for potentially tricky concepts?
- Do you use a variety of methods and media to present and explain content?
- Do you regularly check for understanding using a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies?
- Do you ask students to explain their reasoning to reveal points of confusion?
- Do you share clear success criteria for student work and provide specific feedback based on those criteria?
- Explain concepts using multiple media, including text, images, audio, and video.
- Use rubrics to articulate criteria for success and describe a range of performance levels.
- Use exit slips at the end of lessons to check student understanding and use responses to plan subsequent lessons, clarifying as needed.
- Write comments on student work describing specifically what has been achieved and where more work is needed.