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What is an Enrichment Cluster? • Enrichment clusters allow students and facilitators who share a common interest to come together for a specified time each week to produce an authentic product, performance, or service based on that interest.
Guidelines for Enrichment Clusters • The Golden Rule for enrichment clusters is that all cluster activities are focused on the development of a product , performance or service for an authentic audience. • All learning takes place for application purposes. John Dewey (1939) referred to this as “collateral learning, ” valued for its immediate relevancy.
• Teachers choose the cluster they wish to facilitate and students choose the one in which they wish to participate. • Students are grouped across grade levels by interest areas. • There are no lesson plans!
• Develop multiple talents within one cluster through the division of labor. • Guide clusters with advanced content and authentic methods that a practicing professional in that field would use. How-to books can be a great help.
• Set aside designated blocks of time for enrichment clusters. • Suspend the customs of regular school, such as grade level grouping, group size, and meeting spaces.
Enrichment Clusters are: v. During the school day v. Cross grade level v. Small group v. Interest-based v. Student driven v. Result in a creative product or performance v. Facilitated by teachers, staff, parents and community volunteers v. Research-based