enrichment

Enrichment programs—originally designed primarily for gifted students, but now widely used with at-risk children as well—are intended to supplement the regular academic curriculum for students who might otherwise be bored with their classwork. For the gifted, they are an alternative to acceleration, so that even the cleverest students can remain in class with children their own age and maturity, yet be adequately challenged. Sometimes run as pull-out programs, enrichment programs are also an alternative to creating entirely separate gifted classrooms. Enrichment is intended add value to the curriculum, often in a fun way, through such activities as special projects, guest speakers, concerts, museum visits. Many educators have found that what was originally considered enrichment is actually worth incorporating into the regular curriculum.

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