Enrichment lessons are designed to engage and challenge students in higher level convergent, divergent, evaluative, and visual thinking skills. These small group lessons provide further enrichment opportunities for interaction and cooperative problem solving and help to observe and identify talented learners.
Identifying Talented Learners
Convergent/Analytical Thinking - Students who demonstrate logical reasoning by identifying and using clues to determine the correct solution to a problem. These students tend to see interrelationships between clues and defer judgement until all clues have been collected.
Deductive/Convergent Thinking - Students who intuitively see the correct answer.
Divergent/Creative Thinking - Students who could list many responses to questions or brainstorm many ideas. They are very fluent in their thinking but also very flexible. They may have many unusual, off-beat, and creative ideas that are sometimes very humorous. They can elaborate on their own ideas or ideas of others often displaying advanced vocabulary.
Visual/Spatial Thinking - Students who are able to manipulate shapes mentally in order to achieve a solution. These students have good memories for visual details. They often enjoy activities involving hands-on building of three-dimensional objects. These students often respond best to visual images such as graphic organizers and instructional computer programs.
Evaluative/Critical Thinking - These students make choices and offer solutions that are based on factual, measurable, or observable considerations. These students recognize more than one viewpoint and understand how different considerations or criteria can affect the outcome. They can support their own decisions and opinions.
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