The School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM) is offered to all students at Stoddert in grades 2-5, during reserved specials block (45 minutes) once per week. It is led by Mr. Cedric Scott. The students are introduced to critical thinking and research skills, along with other enriching learning experiences with the goal of completing a research project, which is usually based on the interest of the student(s). Students are given the choice of whether they would like to complete the project by themselves, in a pair or a small group based on their personal preference.
There are three types of activities that students are exposed to. These are categorized as Type I, Type II, and Type III activities.
- Type I is essentially an activity that introduces an idea or skill. These are generally whole-group exploration activities.
- Type II activities are more small group driven where the teacher or facilitator is actually providing some sort of training or explanation.
- Type III activities are when students are almost completely take charge of their learning and dig deeper into the more individualized part of the model.
For research, the students use dcps.follettdestiny.com, which is a search engine that has been provided and vetted by the district. This website can be accessed via computers outside of the school building.
The School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM), which is a learning model that was established by Dr. Joseph Renzulli at the University of Connecticut. Based on the research and work of Dr. Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, the SEM was formed as a way to include all students in educational enrichment opportunities rather than classifying students as “gifted” based on test scores or IQ measures.
The model stems from the belief that all students possess giftedness and allows each student to express this while participating in meaningful learning. A further explanation of this is found in what is known as the 3 ring conception of giftedness, which is a venn diagram type of visual with 3 intersecting components. These components are Above Average Ability, Creativity, and Task Commitment. Click here to see more about the 3 ring concept from Renzulli and find more resources.
All students are above average in some aspect, whether it be more traditional subjects such as math and science or something a little less traditional such as building or natural musical talent. The creativity component allows for students to access information and convey it using different modalities and expressions such as drawing, technology skills, or innovative ideas. The third component, task commitment, rounds out this conception of giftedness, because if students are excited about approaching information in a way that they are able to display their above average ability and creativity, they will be likely to remain on task and commit to completion of their work.