Four major components, wrapped in ongoing evaluation, are designed to work together to create better learning outcomes for teachers and students. All core components of the eMINTS instructional model are based on strong historical research and conceptual theory.
- Inquiry-based learning – One foundational piece of the eMINTS instructional model is using inquiry, constructivist approaches, using ways that cause students to ask and think about very deep questions.
- High-quality lesson design – eMINTS believes that the best teaching and learning take place in classrooms where teachers have the opportunity to create the kinds of lessons that deeply engage students in meaningful content and meaningful inquiry.
- Community of learners – Fundamental to eMINTS practice is the community of learners, not only within the classroom, but also among teachers and among trainers, as well as showing students how continuous life-long learning takes place in a community. eMINTS helps teachers and other participants learn the importance of building a community of learners where learners share, take risks, respect and push each other as they find their own best ways to learn and engage in deep content with one another.
- Powered by technology – eMINTS integrates technology with inquiry-based learning and high-quality lessons to bring about true learning. Technology adds excitement and motivation for students and teachers to use web and web 2.0 tools to bring learning into classroom and help expand learning beyond the classroom walls.
Ongoing evaluation – Evaluation is woven throughout all the elements of the eMINTS instructional model. eMINTS helps teachers learn about all types of assessment and evaluation for themselves and their students. We pay attention to outcomes and results of eMINTS implementations — in individual classrooms and across the entire eMINTS national program. Critical to the eMINTS instructional model, continuous assessment drives instruction and creates better outcomes for teachers and students.