With enrichment clusters, third and fourth graders in the Granby schools can learn more about their areas of interest. Enrichment clusters are collaborative learning environments where students can investigate and learn about areas of interest that they have and want to learn more about. They are a multi-week cooperative learning experience for students.
“They provide a process for students who may be gifted in different ways to show their strengths and learn from and with others,” said Patricia Law, director of curriculum and professional development. “The clusters are very student directed with teachers guiding the learning based on what students want to know and find out more about a particular topic.”
Last year, only third graders participated in the enrichment clusters. This was the first year fourth graders participated, and next year, fifth graders will be participating.
“Students pose questions, research, innovate, experiment, collaborate and create in order to expand their knowledge about something they have an interest or talent in,” Law said.
“I love this sharing by students. You see a deep understanding and passion about their topic,” Law said. “Students work with others in different grades and classes that they might not have known before and find they have a common interest in a topic that leads to new relationships.”
“Students benefit in so many ways from this experience and the teachers get a whole new understanding of the talents and interests of their students, which transfers back into the classroom learning environment,” Law said. Submitted photos.