The Four I’s

The Inspired Teaching School employs inquiry-based learning  in student-centered classrooms. Instruction focuses heavily on social-emotional development and self-regulation. At the heart of the instructional model are the Four I’s:

Intellect

Students will apply content knowledge to relevant and current situations, problems, and experiences and be intellectually and physically active, self-directed learners.

Students use a pointer to count and examine data charts made together as a class. The charts documents things we counted on our walks, like the number of trucks we saw or taxis we passed.

Students use a pointer to count and examine data charts made together as a class. The charts document things we counted on our walks, like the number of trucks we saw or taxis we passed.

Inquiry

Students will rely on curiosity and collaboration; an internal motivation to learn; wonder; keen observation; and attention to detail, data, and possibilities for further investigations.

Students test out raw eggs inHumpty Dumpty protectors- devices built out of recyclables, designed to keep Humpty from cracking

Students test out raw eggs in Humpty Dumpty protectors- devices built out of recyclables, designed to keep Humpty from cracking

Students watch intently, making guesses about whether or not a friend's Humpty Dumpty device will save Humpty

Students watch intently, making guesses about whether or not a friend’s Humpty Dumpty device will save Humpty

Imagination

Students will exhibit the skills of creative and independent thinkers: the courage to create, a joyful spirit, the ability to generate ideas and devise solutions, and the ability to play. Students will come to expect that their creativity and imagination will play an essential role in their success in school and in life.

Students "prepare for flight" in capes that they made themselves as an art and literacy project to culminate our class study of superheroes

Students “prepare for flight” in capes that they made themselves as an art and literacy project to culminate our class study of superheroes

Integrity

Students will act as members of a democratic society, demonstrating honesty; the ability to listen to, respect, collaborate and learn from others; and the capacity for empathy, compassion, and strong ethics.

Students gather to pay respects to, give a proper burial to, and share feelings about the passing of our class fish, Sharky.

Students gather to pay respects to, give a proper burial to, and share feelings about the passing of our class fish, Sharky.

* Four I’s © Center For Inspired Teaching 2012. http://www.inspiredteaching.org/

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