4R-CR Framework

Using the 4R-CR Frame to Support Good and Just Teaching

What is the 4R-CR Framework?

The 4R-CR Framework provides teachers with a structure and helps guide teachers when planning lessons and activities. By following these components of the framework, teachers are able to be good and just in their teaching.

Richness- curriculum that makes meaning and value due to its ability to challenge, cause uncertainty, and mental uneasiness in students.

Recursion- It is looking at curriculum again, but in a new light.

Relations- Making overall connections in the topic being taught.

Rigor- Finding the connection between purposes and goal achieved.

Cultural Relevance- Using all the background knowledge and experiences from all the students.

Connecting the 4R-CR with Good and Just Teaching

The 4R-CR Framework connects with good and just teaching in many ways. A few of them are the high expectations it creates for all students, its focus on students in the margins, its recognition of disparities in students, its focus on challenging and culturally responsive curriculum, and its rigorous standards for the "what" and "how" of teaching.
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4R-CR Good and Just Teaching Through Art

Sara Bareilles - Brave

Youtube- Brave Sarah Bareilles

This song puts into prospective that everyone is different. The lyrics “I Wanna See You Be Brave” shows students that it does not matter what you do in class; asking questions and being a part of class is not scary. This song encourages all students to be brave and and be who they are. Students should allow their own backgrounds and experiences shine through in them. It is important for teachers to be culturally relevant and make students feel as if they can be who they are in the classroom and around their friends.

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Challenging and Engaging Teacher

This picture shows how framework is achieved in the classroom. You can tell the teacher is paying attention to all the students around her helping them read this book. She is pointing something out and possible encouraging students to make a connection to what is going on in the book. This is good teaching because she is involved with the students around her and challenging them. The students all are engaged and learning.


Source: http://photosforclass.com/search?text=Teaching+students

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Culturally Relevant

This image is filled with different symbols of peace from different places and backgrounds. It represents that students come from all different branches in life, yet they are all still connected in one common place, which is the classroom. Teachers need to be aware of all the different experiences and knowledge the students bring to the table and incorporate it in to the classroom lessons and activities.

Source:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390828073887034071/

"Heart of A Teacher"

Heart of A Teacher
by Paula J. Fox

The child arrives like a mystery box…
with puzzle pieces inside
some of the pieces are broken or missing…
and others just seem to hide

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out…
and help the child to see
the potential for greatness he has within…
a picture of what he can be

Her goal isn’t just to teach knowledge…
by filling the box with more parts
it’s putting the pieces together…
to create a work of art.

The process is painfully slow at times…
some need more help than others
each child is a work in progress…
with assorted shapes and colors

First she creates a classroom…
where the child can feel safe in school
where he never feels threatened or afraid to try…
and kindness is always the rule

She knows that a child can achieve
much more when he feels secure inside
when he’s valued and loved…and believes in himself …
and he has a sense of pride

She models and teaches good character…
and respect for one another
how to focus on strengths…not weaknesses
and how to encourage each other

She gives the child the freedom he needs…
to make choices on his own
so he learns to become more responsible…
and is able to stand alone

He’s taught to be strong and think for himself…
as his soul and spirit heal
and the puzzle that’s taking shape inside…
has a much more positive feel

The child discovers the joy that comes…
from learning something new…
and his vision grows as he begins
to see all the things he can do

A picture is formed as more pieces fit…
an image of the child within
with greater strength and confidence…
and a belief that he can win!

All because a hero was there…
in the HEART of a teacher who cared
enabling the child to become much more…
than he ever imagined…or dared

A teacher with a HEART for her children…
knows what teaching is all about
she may not have all the answers…
but on this…she has no doubt

When asked which subjects she loved to teach,
she answered this way and smiled…
“It’s not the subjects that matter…

It’s all about teaching the CHILD.

Source: http://www.simpletruths.com/heart-of-a-teacher-poem.html

All children come in to the classroom with different backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge. It is the teacher’s job to make children feel safe to be themselves and find ways to educate each child. The teacher must show that she cares about her students and respects them. She must take into account who each child is and be culturally relevant when doing so. She must set high expectations and provide curriculum that is rich so that the children will succeed. She must give children some freedom to explore curriculum by allowing them to make their own connections and revisit ideas they had previously learned. By doing this, teachers set students up for success.