ERIC Number: ED456574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing the Needs of Gifted Middle School Students. Practitioners' Guide A0023.
Renzulli, Joseph S.; Richards, Susannah
This pamphlet discusses the benefits of using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) for providing numerous enrichment and acceleration alternatives that are designed to accommodate the academic strengths, interests, and learning styles of all middle school students, including gifted students. It explains the different components of SEM including the Total Talent Portfolio, a vehicle for systematically gathering, recording, and using information about students' abilities, interests, and learning style preferences. Curriculum modification techniques that are used in the SEM are then described and include adjusting the pace and level of required material to accommodate variations in learning and providing enrichment and acceleration alternatives for students who have, or can, easily master regular material faster than the normal pace. The use of enrichment clusters for non-graded groups of students who share common interests and come together to pursue these interests during specially designated time blocks is also explained, along with types of enrichment clusters and cluster goals. (CR)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Cluster Grouping, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Gifted, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Portfolio Assessment, Program Design, Program Implementation, Special Programs, Student Needs, Talent Development, Teaching Models
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Rd., Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-3007; Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.