When I first sat down to create a graphic that captured the components of what I considered a successful classroom, I came up with 4 elements: -Real-World Learning Experiences -Integration of SEL -Classroom Management -High Differentiation The graphic looked pretty. And to my dorky little heart's content, it lent itself beautifully to an acronym (which we all know is essential in the education world!). But something felt missing and it was nagging at me. I took it to one of my mentors and he immediately zeroed in on the element I'd left out--the essential, foundational one that made all other elements possible.
What he said was essentially this: for these elements to be successful, the teacher implementing them has to have the right mindset...the willingness to grow, change, and be open. To see "failure" as a chance to try something new or do something better. In other words, it's less what you do and more how you do it.
And so my RICH framework became a little RITCH-er by adding a key foundational piece that makes the rest possible: the teacher's growth-focused mindset and approach. The "T" (for teacher) is at the center of the diagram because I really feel that when we bring our best selves into the classroom, it has a trickle down effect that positively affects everything else we do.