Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework (TCTEF) and Thoughtful Classroom Principal Effectiveness Framework (TCPEF) were both developed by Silver Strong & Associates and are:
The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework is a comprehensive system for observing, evaluating, refining and improving classroom practice.
The Framework allows for assessment according to ten dimensions of teaching, outlining a set of observable teaching indicators within each dimension, and relevant student behaviors associated with effective instruction.
Research and experience proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that classroom instruction has far more impact on student learning than any other factor. A student of the world’s top 25 school systems puts it this way: “The only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction.” (Barber & Mourshed, 2007). This is why the TCTEF puts such a strong emphasis on classroom instruction—and how to enhance it. The Framework is made up of the three components:
1. The Cornerstones of Effective Classrooms
Around the Framework are four foundational dimensions (or “cornerstones”) that have been adapted from the preeminent research on teacher effectiveness. These are the four cornerstones:
These cornerstones represent the universal elements of quality instruction, whether in a kindergarten class, AP Physics, or anywhere in between. Without these four cornerstones in place, student learning will be compromised.
2. Instructional Design and Delivery
While there are clear, universal elements to good instruction, it is also true that good instruction tends to unfold in a series of distinct learning episodes. By synthesizing the best research on instructional design, the Thoughtful Classroom has identified five critical episodes that increase the likelihood of deep learning. In these five episodes, teachers work towards the distinct instructional purposes:
Understanding these five episodes – and their driving purpose – is critical for both the teacher and the observer. Teachers use these episodes to design high-quality lessons and units. For classroom observations, these five episodes immediately orient the observer within the instructional sequence, ensuring that the teachers and observers are on the same page.
3. Professional Practice