The Framework for Teaching Clusters (FFT Clusters) describe skills demonstrated by teachers promoting high levels of student performance and are grounded in an understanding of the nature of human learning. The FFT Clusters are an outgrowth of the Framework for Teaching, which has been validated through empirical studies as predictive of student learning as measured by state assessments.
SIX CLUSTERS TO SUPPORT TEACHER GROWTH AND STUDENT LEARNING
The FFT Clusters are an attempt to distill the “big ideas” of the Framework’s 22 components into an efficient tool (composed of six large concepts) that can serve as the foundation for many purposes, most importantly professional growth by teachers, not only through their own reflection on practice, but also through their conversations with colleagues, mentors and coaches, and supervisors.
CLUSTER 1. CLARITY OF INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE AND ACCURACY OF CONTENT
CLUSTER 2. A SAFE, RESPECTFUL, SUPPORTIVE, AND CHALLENGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
CLUSTER 3. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
CLUSTER 4. STUDENT INTELLECTUAL ENGAGEMENT