Tripod Project Overview
The Tripod Project aims to strengthen content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and relationships in ways that raise achievement for all students and narrows achievement gaps between different groups.
The Tripod Project is supported and delivered to schools by Cambridge Education through a partnership with Professor Ron Ferguson of Harvard University.
Tripod assessments have been used in hundreds of schools and thousands of classrooms in the U.S, Canada and China, providing insights about teaching effectiveness and the determinants of student performance.
Tripod activities are grounded in a comprehensive conceptual framework designed by Ron Ferguson. The framework emphasises the importance of an teaching "tripod" of content knowledge, pedagogical skills and relationships, and includes a well-designed, classroom-level data collection, analysis and reporting system.
Tripod is unique as it includes student involvement and incorporates their feedback through perception surveys that give an insight into classroom life and teaching practice. Students’ responses to teaching are reliable predictors on how they learn.
At the heart of Tripod are seven teaching concepts (7 C’s): care; control; clarify; challenge; captivate; confer; and consolidate with a core focus on student engagement, as it is a necessary component for student achievement and their experiences in the classroom. It allows students to have an input on what they think andgive teachers a chance to assess themselves based on the feedback received.
‘Tripod allows teachers to have individualised approaches to getting better’, Tyrona Hooker, Middle School Teacher.
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