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An Inspired Teacher

Center for Inspired Teaching has spent over 20 years helping teachers to reach their full potential. Every teacher at the Inspired Teaching School will recognize your child’s innate desire to learn and build on his/her individual strengths to maximize academic, social, and emotional achievement.

Our Inspired Teachers will:

  • Challenge students with meaningful, relevant and interesting school work.
  • Maintain high expectations and motivate students to achieve beyond their perceived limits.
  • Build a positive and productive relationship with every student.
  • Enable students to become knowledgeable and self-disciplined, with the skills to think and solve complex problems in school and in life.

What do “Inspired Teachers” do?

The teacher avoids spoon-feeding information to students by giving excessive instructions, and supplying answers. Instead the teacher structures lessons so that students work independently and collaboratively using the process of inquiry to search for answers, pose and solve problems, and meet academic standards. In these classrooms teachers and students are intellectually, emotionally, and physically challenged. Read more about what makes someone an “Inspired Teacher.”

What does assessment look like in these “Inspired” Classrooms?

Students are expected not only to develop a familiarity with content, but to develop a deep understanding of it. Assessment involves application of knowledge, often in real-life situations, and the ability to explain or demonstrate full mastery of all subject matter. This is done through multiple means such as interdisciplinary projects.

Reflection, on the part of students, teachers, and principal, is a key component of Inspired Teaching. The teacher challenges students to reflect on their work—their successes, and what they have yet to accomplish. This process of self-assessment involves constant examination, and  if needed, a re-examination of the learning process, material learned, and approaches tried (on the part of the teacher and student).

How do Inspired Teachers address discipline?

The teacher-student relationship—and the relationship of the principal with teachers and students—is essential to the success of Inspired Teaching. Discipline and motivation for high levels of success are accomplished through building a learning community, with each student, teacher, and principal making a contribution and investing in the success of the whole. As teachers respect the right of students to make decisions about how they approach learning, students must accept the responsibility to do their best work.

200 Douglas St., NE | Washington, DC 20002 | p: 202-248-6825 | f: 202-248-6939 | info@inspiredteachingschool.org

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