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Enriching Curriculum for All Students

Second Edition
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© 2008 | 192 pages | Corwin

"The information in the book is extremely relevant. With the current demands for educational improvement, leaders in the field are searching for new, innovative means of helping students feel connected to their schools."
—Tricia Peña, Principal
Cienega High School, Vail, AZ

"This book does a good job of explaining the purpose, design, and use of the enrichments and their relationship to the general curriculum."
—Laurie Peterman, Instructional Facilitator
Anoka-Hennpin ISD #11, Lino Lakes, MN

Create an instructional program that can transform every student's learning experience!

How can educators spark an enthusiasm for learning in young people? What can classroom teachers do to promote creativity and innovative thinking? In Enriching Curriculum for All Students, Second Edition, the authors present the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), a groundbreaking instructional program that reaches all students through hands-on problem solving, high-interest activities, and cooperative learning.

The revised edition offers updated research and additional guidelines for implementing lessons to support differentiated and enriching learning opportunities for all learners. Demonstrating how teachers can shift from instructor to coach or mentor, and how students' minds, spirits, and values can be developed within an invigorating atmosphere, the authors focus on:

  • Developing the talent potential of all students
  • Improving academic performance through meaningful, enjoyable learning
  • Fostering a reflective, growth-oriented staff
  • Honoring ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity
  • Involving students, parents, teachers, and administrators in decision making

This vital resource combines inspiration with practical methods and highlights the importance of a versatile and imaginative curriculum that gives all students the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

 
Introduction
 
About the Authors
 
1. What Is "Enrichment" and Why Is It Important in Developing Curriculum in America's Schools?
The "Why" Question: Why Enrichment?  
The "What" Question: What Kinds of Enrichment?  
What Exactly Is Enrichment Learning and Teaching?  
The Teacher Role as the Guide-on-the-Side  
The Four Goals of Schoolwide Enrichment  
 
2. Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Enrich Curriculum for All Students
Introduction  
Expanding Conceptions of Gifts and Talents: The Theory Underlying the SEM  
Developing Two Kinds of Giftedness  
An Overview of the Enrichment Triad Model  
The Revolving Door Identification Model: Identifying Students for the SEM  
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)  
The Regular Curriculum  
The Enrichment Clusters  
The Continuum of Special Services  
The Service Delivery Components  
The Total Talent Portfolio  
Curriculum Differentiation and Compacting  
Enrichment Teaching and Learning  
Non-Negotiables about implementing Enrichment in the SEM  
Research on the SEM  
Summary  
 
3. Challenging All Students With a Continuum of Enrichment Services
Background to the Establishment of a Continuum of Services  
Theoretical and Organizational Models  
An Integrated Continuum of Special Services  
How and When Enrichment Activities Take Place  
Keys to Developing a Comprehensive Continuum of Services  
Organizing Services in the Continuum  
The Role of Grouping and Tracking in a Continuum of Services  
The Politics of Grouping  
Nongraded Instructional Grouping and Within Classroom Cluster Grouping  
Managing Within Classroom Cluster Groups  
Other Enrichment Options  
Summer Programs and Schools for Gifted Students  
 
4. Developing Talent Portfolios for All Students
What Is the Total Talent Portfolio?  
Status and Action Information  
Focus on Strengths  
Portfolio Engineering: Creating a Total Talent Portfolio  
Gathering and Recording Information About Abilities  
Standardized Tests and Teacher-Made Tests  
Grades  
Teacher Ratings  
Gathering and Recording Information About Student Interests  
The Interest-A-Lyzer  
Individualization and the Role of Learning Styles  
Instructional Styles Preferences  
Learning Environment Preferences  
Benefits of the Total Talent Portfolio  
 
5. Curriculum Compacting and Differentiation
Curriculum Compacting: Definitions and Steps for Implementation  
Defining Curriculum Compacting  
How to Use the Compacting Process  
Providing Acceleration and Enrichment Options for Talented Students  
Rosa: A Sample Compactor Form  
Providing Support for Teachers to Implement Compacting: The Steps in Compacting  
Enrichment Materials in the Classroom  
Assessing Students Interests  
Interest Centers  
Research on Curriculum Compacting  
Advice From Successful Teachers Who Have Implemented Compacting  
The Multiple Menu Model: A Guide to In-Depth Learning and Teaching  
The Knowledge Menu  
Locating the Discipline  
Selecting Concepts and Ideas  
Selecting Representative Topics  
A Final Consideration: Appeal to the Imagination  
The Instructional Techniques Menus  
The Instructional Products Menu  
Interdisciplinary Models  
Summary  
 
6. Enrichment Learning and Teaching: The Enrichment Triad Model
An Overview of the Enrichment Triad Model and Student Creative Productivity  
Learning in a Natural Way  
The Importance of Interaction  
Type I Enrichment: General Exploratory Experiences  
Type II Enrichment: Group Training Activities  
Type III Enrichment: Individual and Small Group Investigations of Real Problems  
Applying the Enrichment Triad Model to Enrichment Clusters  
How Can Teachers Learn to Use Enrichment Teaching?  
Applying the Type III Process to Enrichment Clusters  
 
7. Applying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Content Areas: The SEM in Reading
Phase 1: Hooking Kids on Literature With Teacher Read-Alouds  
Phase 2: Supported Independent Reading and Differentiated Conferences  
Phase 3: Interest and Choice Activities  
Research on the SEM-R  
8. A Dozen Assistants In Your Classroom Implementing SEM by Using a New Online Resource for Enrichment and Differentiation  
Step 1: Strength Assessment Using the Electronic Learning Profile (The Total Talent Portfolio Online)  
Step 2: Enrichment Differentiation Databases  
Step 3: The Wizard Project Maker  
Step 4: The Total Talent Portfolio  
Renzulli Learning System  
The Value-Added Benefits of Learning With Technology  
Renzulli Learning: Conclusions  
 
References
 
Index

"This book does a good job explaining the purpose, design, and use of the enrichments and their relationship to the general curriculum."

Laurie Peterman, Instructional Facilitator
Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11, Lino Lakes, MN

"By the end of the book, I came to have a great respect for the authors' compassion and sense of social justice, which really shine through in their praxis."

Natalie Bernasconi, Gifted and Talented Education Teacher
La Paz Middle School, Salinas, CA

"The information in the book is extremely relevant. With the current demands for educational improvement, leaders in the field are searching for new, innovative means of helping students feel connected to their schools."

Tricia Peña, Principal
Cienega High School, Vail, AZ

"Without a doubt, this book makes a contribution to the field."

Cindy Miller, Curriculum Specialist
University of North Texas

This course will be taught in another year and we may adopt it at that time. It is very informative. I am using other SAGE titles that I already had available. This book came a little late for the Spring semester adoption.

Dr Kimberely Nettleton
Elementary Read Spec Ed Dept, Morehead State University
January 30, 2014

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