Guide to Tripod’s 7Cs™ Framework
Teachers who are effective at classroom management foster orderly, respectful, and on-task classroom behavior. They create conditions that enable learning, including establishing a positive classroom climate, teaching self-management skills, monitoring student conduct, and redirecting unproductive behavior.
Message to Students:
“Our class will remain orderly, on task, and respectful, with learning as our first priority.”
Indicators of an Exemplary Classroom
Teachers demonstrate effective classroom management through practices like these:
The classroom environment is organized and time is used efficiently.
- The teacher explains, models, and implements routines and strategies to systematize classroom processes.
- Classroom activities run smoothly due to materials being readily accessible and time being managed effectively, including during transitions and interruptions.
The teacher effectively guides students in managing their behavior.
- The teacher explains, models, and implements routines and strategies that elicit positive student behavior.
- The teacher establishes and regularly encourages high standards for student conduct, coaches students on how to meet those standards, and holds students accountable in a fair and consistent manner.
- What expectations and routines do you establish for student behavior?
- How quickly do you get students settled and working at the beginning of class?
- How do you make sure students in class are busy learning and not wasting time?
- How long before the end of class do you start to wind down the work?
- How do you respond when it appears that students are off task?
- How do you respond when students treat you or each other disrespectfully?
- How do you respond when students ignore or disobey what you have asked them to do?
- Organize the classroom for optimal efficiency to enable student access to materials, equipment, and other resources. For example, make sure students can easily locate their classroom folders, notebooks, or texts without disrupting others.
- Establish classroom routines for individual and group work, transitions, and class discussions.
- Work with students to develop an agreement about expectations for classroom behavior, ask everyone to sign it, and post it publicly for regular reference.
- Respond with logical consequences when students do not comply with agreed upon behavior expectations.