Independent Learners

ICEI students are given the tools, habits and experience to enable them to become independent readers and writers - in short, independent learners. Students in the program read a lot and write a lot, far more than students in other Israeli elementary schools.
Students:
  • Are given 10- 15 hours of literacy instruction per week, compared to 4-8 hours in most Israeli schools.
 
  • Receive daily reading mini-lessons, and read on their own in class for half an hour every day.
 
  • Are required to take books home, where they are encouraged to read at least half an hour every day.
 
  • Have mini-lessons in writing and engage in half an hour of independent writing time three to five times a week.
 
  • Learn to identify promising ideas, to develop those ideas, and to deepen their writing and improve its clarity through multiple revisions. The children are taught to write in a variety of genres, including personal narrative, short fiction, persuasive essays, information books, and research papers. 

ICEI teachers make books come alive. The result is that ICEI's students not only master reading and writing but fall in love with books and reading as well.  
 
ICEI uses special classroom management routines that eliminate the vast majority of behavioral problems and provide a calm and peaceful atmosphere for learning.
 
These routines provide a clear structure to class-time and help teachers and students know exactly what to expect and what is expected of them.
The result is that students and teachers alike are calmer and more focused, spending far more of their time on task.