Guide to Tripod’s 7Cs™ Framework
Teachers who confer encourage and value students’ ideas and views. They seek and respect students’ thoughts, opinions, and input as part of the learning process.
Message to Students:
“I invite, welcome, and respect your ideas and feedback.”
Indicators of an Exemplary Classroom
Teachers effectively confer through practices like these:
The teacher creates a classroom climate in which ideas are treated with respect.
- The teacher and students work together to create a learning environment that welcomes and values diverse views and opinions.
- The teacher models respectful ways of communicating.
The teacher engages students in communication and collaboration in support of learning.
- The teacher regularly provides genuine opportunities for students to contribute ideas and opinions as part of the learning process.
- The teacher incorporates interactive practices such as cooperative learning, reciprocal teaching, collaborative problem solving, and peer feedback.
The teacher invites and values students’ input about their learning experiences.
- The teacher gives students voice in determining aspects of what they learn.
- The teacher seeks students’ ideas and feedback about classroom activities and procedures.
- How often do you invite students to share their ideas and opinions in the context of learning activities?
- How often do you ask students to answer questions or solve problems together and discuss their responses?
- How do you ensure that all students have opportunities to express their views?
- How do you model respect for diverse viewpoints?
- How do you respond when students ask unclear or unexpected questions or share divergent views?
- How often do you provide students with opportunities to share their thoughts about how learning activities should proceed?
- How often do you seek feedback from students about the effectiveness of learning activities?
- Establish and model expectations for respectful classroom exchanges, especially in the context of disagreement. For example, ask students what respectful communication looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
- Incorporate small group and whole class discussions into learning activities.
- Invite students to share their views about how to structure specific learning activities or how to handle classroom dilemmas.
- Ask students to give each other feedback about how their work meets established criteria.