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Schoolwide Enrichment at Laurel Mountain (SEM)

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Transcript of Schoolwide Enrichment at Laurel Mountain (SEM)

Interest Surveys
Core Beliefs at LME
Need to work from a strength model -
focus on child's individual strengths

Strengths used in the classroom everyday - this is how we teach

Teachers and staff get to know students' areas of interest

Need to discover child's preferred learning style

Crucial to encourage critical independent thinking

Rising Tide Lifts ALL Ships
Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

Cultivates the individual gifts and talents.

Discovers children's preferred learning styles.

Focuses on each child's individual strengths.

Emphasizes self-esteem.

Encourages independent critical thinking.
What SEM looks like at LME
IIM (Research)
Service Learning Projects
Outdoor Learning
Total Talent Portfolios
Differentiation
Compacting
PETS Lessons
Teacher Collaboration
Enrichment Team
Professional Development
Interest Surveys
Enrichment Slot (E-slot)
Enrichment Clusters


Let's Be Honest Here...
Getting to Know the Students

When you know what interests your students, you have the key to what motivates their hearts and minds.

Results help guide activities and projects in the classroom, E-slot activities, enrichment clusters, etc.
Enrichment Slot (E-slot)
Special topics or projects,
based on student interests
,
occur every Friday for all students.
Why?
Thrive, grow, achievement, self-confidence, motivation, excitement, learning, engaged, confidence, positive, compassionate, communication, critical thinking, creativity, problem solvers, talented, self awareness, love learning, cooperation, collaboration, global citizen, responsible, making a difference in the world...
Educational Value
First-rate academic experience and the foundation for our children's education.

Emphasizes interests, strength based model.

Students, parents and teachers get to know children better.

Provides wonderful framework to encourage endless learning opportunities.
Schoolwide Enrichment at Laurel Mountain (SEM)
E-slot is:
a special hour every week for enrichment during the school day.
when EVERYONE participates.
when art, PE, music schedules change
based on students' interests.
different in each class, each grade level.
a one time activity or can continue.
E-slot is not:
preplanned at the beginning of the school year.
what you "normally" do.
a "ran out of time" activity.
when testing, small group instruction or reteaching is taking place.
Enrichment Clusters
Small,
student-driven
groups which focus on specific interests offered in all grade levels for 6-8 weeks.
We use data collected from interest surveys to develop a variety of topics for enrichment clusters.
Teachers take broad topics and create a focus and write a description.
Students rank top choices & are guaranteed placement in one of those.
Enrichment clusters take place during the E-slot time during each grade level's turn. This allows us to use all of our staff, and we welcome parent support.
Last 6 or 8 weeks.
Student interests guide the clusters, and it is their responsibility to create a product or service.
We offer enrichment cluster tours for parents. Communication is the key.
Enrichment Cluster Showcases at the end of the 8 weeks gives the students a chance to share their products and services with parents and community.*
It is a lot of work.
It does take time.
You do have to think differently.
You do have to approach your classroom differently.
You have to give up some control.
But
WHY
are you here?
WHY
did you become a teacher?
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