All students should be exposed to three different types of Enrichment Activities at school according to Joseph Renzulli and Sally M. Reis of the University of Connecticut. The Enrichment activities available to the students at the Pier School fall into one or more of the following categories.
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Type I Enrichment Activities (classroom setting)
General Exploratory Activities--Students learn about new topics and interests through guest speakers, Internet, field trips, video tapes, computer software, interviews, books, magazines, letter writings, etc.
Type II Enrichment Activities (classroom setting)
How-To Training Activities--Students are trained in research skills, independent learning skills, thinking skills, communication skills, and methodological skills in various topics and fields.
Type III Enrichment Activities (classroom setting and enrichment classroom)
Individual and Small Group Investigations of Real Problems--Students become "experts" through hands-on activities that use research skills to solve real world problems. Creative products are shared with appropriate audiences.
Through the Response to Intervention program, PBIS, Enrichment program, and the integration of the new Core Standards, The Pier School strives to meet the individual needs of each of our students.
Some Examples of each type of Enrichment provided at the Pier School:
- Type 1 – Kettle Pond Field Trip (5th Grade), Salt Marsh Field Trip (6th Grade), Career Day (whole school), National History Day (7th and 8th grade), after school programming
- Type 2 – After school programming such as photography, film-making, T-shirt printing and Lego league; MathCounts (students selected based on testing/whole school), Character Study (5th grade), Poetry (5th grade), The Stock Market Game (6th Grade)
- Type 3 – First Lego League Robotics, Immersion Learning (Mystic Aquarium and the Institute for Exploration), Creative Problem Solving, Exchange City 2.0, The Stock Market Game, National History Day (7th and 8th grade), Socratic Seminar (8th grade)
We encourage that you take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to your student(s) this year.
To learn more about the Enrichment Triad Model and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, go to www.gifted.uconn.edu/sem/semexec.html .
The Enrichment Teacher
SOAR Enrichment Qualifications
After School Enrichment
Newsletters and Press
National History Day