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.
- Authentic learning – Through the use of real-world projects, students become problem-solvers, collaborators, critical thinkers, inventors, and creators. Through the use of global content, students begin to ask and think about their world in new and innovative ways.
- High-quality lesson design – The best teaching and learning take place inclassrooms where teachers value self-directed learning. Through the use of varied instructional and assessment strategies teachers have the opportunity to create the kinds of lessons that meet the needs of learners.
- 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 – Seamless integration of technology with authentic learning and differentiated instruction bring about true learning. Technology adds excitement and motivation for students and teachers as they use digital tools to enhance and 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.