Enrichment for Gifted Students
While enrichment alone is not gifted education, gifted students can benefit from it; both in and out of school. Enrichment can strengthen current skills and interests as well as allow students to explore new subject areas. They benefit from the camaraderie experienced when learning with like-minded peers. When being with others with similar talents and interests, long lasting friendships often develop. Jo Freitag of Gifted Resources explained, “Enrichment can give students experiences and learning that is different -deeper, broader, higher level than the regular curriculum.” Lisa Pagano, Gifted Education Specialist in North Carolina, added, “Enrichment can provide higher level opportunities for students to interact with content.”
“Enrichment” allows time for self-soothing in sensory friendly spaces, mentors and social-emotional development.” ~ Bob Yamtich
Extenuating circumstances may make it difficult for all schools to provide adequate resources for enrichment. Even if enrichment is provided by the school, parents may still want to provide additional enrichment for their children.
Teachers can help parents and families determine the best enrichment opportunities for students. They can suggest specialized topics not typically covered in the regular classroom. Many teachers have a list of programs and academic competitions available in the local area. Students can learn skills such as playing chess in school; then compete in tournaments outside of school. Some schools use academic competition practice as enrichment activities in school; then take students to competitions.
What constitutes outstanding enrichment for gifted students? Enrichment for academically talented students should be challenging and include research-driven courses. It should expose students to new areas of interest which open their minds and developed a new found love for learning. Enrichment in a relaxed and supportive environment that values creativity and intelligence constitutes outstanding enrichment. Clinical Psychologist Gail Post of Gifted Challenges described outstanding enrichment as, ” What expands and nurtures their passions and strengths; enhances creativity; involves higher level thinking.” Hope Scallan, Enrichment Coordinator at Round Rock ISD in Texas, told us, “Outstanding enrichment has some amount of voice and choice, but also creates a positive environment with highly self-motivated students.” A transcript of this chat may be found at Storify.
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