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Individual Natural Strengths & Talents Exploration Application & Development (INSTEAD) core educational course

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Welcome to the INSTEAD core educational course/subject proposal, a

transformative initiative designed to guide students in the accurate discovery and

development of their innate strengths, talents, and metacognitive strategies.

Through active learning methods facilitated by a flipped classroom model, our

program aims to address the pervasive issue of unrealized potential and empower

students on their journey of self-discovery.

Identify and Combine Your Values, Interests, Personality and Skills (VIPS)

to Create Admirable Legacy Plans (ALPs)

"The most prevalent overlapping factors that affect career choice and satisfaction

are the connections to your set of values, interests, personality traits, and skills (VIPS). These change over time with each new experience and season of life. Grounding your decisions in one, or more, of your VIPS, allows you to take control of your career options and progression." - William & Mary

What gives life meaning?
Coherence: In what ways can your VIPS be combined to help make your life make sense? How can they be combined to enrich the roles you inhabit (offspring, sibling, student, mentor, friend, partner, parent, employee, boss, visionary, etc.)? How can they be combined to strengthen these roles to support you through difficult life challenges?
Significance: How can these combinations help you to matter, in a positive way, to yourself, your loved ones, to the world and to history?
Purpose: Learn how to set achievable goals towards developing these combinations to create the legacies that you want to be remembered for, in each role, with ALPs.

Understanding that VIPS will naturally grow and change with time, ALPs use
Instructional Scaffolding to evolve accordingly. Imagine deep and accurate self-knowledge of who you are, what your passions are and what your admirable legacy plans are, throughout your scholastic career. If everyone had such knowledge, imagine: How much easier would it be to find, not only a compatible life partner, but your soulmate?  How much easier would it be to find a career that you are passionate about, where work is getting paid to play?

Know Thyself (Explore Your Known VIPS & Discover Your Hidden VIPS)

The program incorporates various indicators, including
Emotional Intelligence, Practical Intelligence, and Multiple Intelligences, providing a robust foundation for students' self-discovery. Discover your top 3 aptitudes in each of these disciplines:

Science: Understand the causes of natural processes to imagine a better future.
Trades: Repair/maintain/upgrade your future car, garden and/or home.
Engineering: Use science to develop the practical tools (technology) to create a better future.
Arts: Create beauty, amaze, inspire, humble, shift paradigms.
Mathematics: The language of science.
Sports (& Games): Develop anger management, good sportsmanship, and healthy alternatives to conflict and wars.

Through STEAMS exploration, students uncover new VIPS, and potential ALPs.

Safety Modules:
INSTEAD prioritizes student safety with integrated modules covering self-defense, swimming, anti-bullying, and stress management. By equipping students with essential life skills, we ensure a secure and supportive learning environment conducive to growth and exploration.

Grow Thyself (Apply & Develop)

Students select one aptitude to develop from each of the STEAMS disciplines, fostering mastery and depth of knowledge. A different set of aptitudes will be selected and focussed on for secondary school and then another set for post secondary education. This will allow each student to master three aptitudes in each STEAMS discipline, or 18 aptitudes, by the end of their scholastic journey.

Integration of educational approaches, including Metacognition, Active Learning, Mastery Learning, and Flow Psychology, facilitates learning through Flipped Classrooms, ensuring engagement and retention. Modeling a variety of learning strategies, used by masters of each discipline, will help students to overcome any weaknesses, innate or perceived.

Technological Integration:
INSTEAD embraces cutting-edge technologies such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and virtual/mixed reality systems, revolutionizing talent exploration and development. By harnessing technology, we provide students with immersive and interactive learning experiences, preparing them for the challenges of the future.


Fosters a Growth Mindset with Instructional Scaffolding
“A growth mindset refers to the belief that intelligence and academic ability is not fixed, but rather that it can grow and change over time.” 

Create a Quick Profile of Intrinsic Motivators of Each Student for Teachers of other Subjects
“Attempts at fostering intrinsic motivation should therefore focus on student learning (understanding and growth) rather than focusing on performance alone. That said, there are potential drawbacks associated with this type of motivation. Fostering intrinsic motivation requires teachers to have a deeper understanding of the personal reasons motivating students, and learning this information may be a lengthy process (during which you build and nurture student-teacher relationships). The effects of this process may also take time to manifest in the form of improved student performance (Bain, 2004).”

Useful Tools

Mastery Learning

"Mastery Learning is, simply put, an approach to teaching that requires students to attain a pre-defined level of proficiency in a topic before they can move on to the next topic in a course... This approach is particularly effective and vital in any course where the content builds on prior learning. The idea has been around for decades, but it has been challenging to implement until recently. Today’s instructional technology tools can be used to make the Mastery Learning approach far more achievable than it was in the ‘pre-tech’ classrooms of the past."

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
"About this course: This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects."

Mathematics made easy and fun for everyone!

"Throughout Scott [Flansburg]’s travels Scott proves his capacity to perform high-speed addition, subtraction, multiplication, square roots and even cube roots. More important than showing others the skills that he has acquired, he wants to show others that they already have the ability to perform seemingly difficult math problems without a calculator. Using Scott’s nontraditional tactics, he has learned that any student or professional who needs to use math in their daily life is only hindered by the calculator instead merely using their brain."


Join us in revolutionizing education with INSTEAD. Together, we can empower students to unlock their full potential and create meaningful legacies for themselves and society.