1st Edition

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Science A Hands-On Approach for Engaging Young Scientists

By Nancy L. Heilbronner Copyright 2015
    204 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Grounded in decades of research, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) has been successfully implemented at hundreds of schools across the world. Now, The Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Science: A Hands-on Approach for Engaging Young Scientists takes high-engagement learning one step further by applying SEM teaching strategies to the science curriculum. In this book, teachers learn how to engage students and to teach the skills needed to complete meaningful, in-depth investigations in science. Activities are connected to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and current policy recommendations calling for the meaningful integration of technology and promoting thinking and doing like young scientists over rote memorization. Easy to read and use, the book incorporates many practical suggestions, as well as reproducible student and teacher handouts.

    Chapter 1Understanding the Gifted Learner: Theoretical and Research Background Underlying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Science Chapter 2 The Schoolwide Enrichment Model Chapter 3 The Total Talent Portfolio in Science Chapter 4 Engaging Students Through Type I Activities in Science Chapter 5 Developing Type II Skills in Science Chapter 6 Type III Activities—Developing Meaningful Investigations in Science Chapter 7 Additional Components in Science—Beyond Triad Chapter 8 Keeping Up With Technology Chapter 9 Conclusion: Blending Standards With Opportunities for Creative Teaching References Appendix A Table Cross-Referencing Standards With Activities Appendix B Internships, Apprenticeships, and Mentorships for Students in Science Appendix C Guidelines for Brainstorming About the Authors


    Nancy Heilbronner, Ph.D., has been in education for almost 20 years and is currently a faculty member at Western Connecticut State University, where she teaches classes on talent development, leadership, technology, creativity, and statistics.

    A former science teacher, she researches and publishes frequently on gifted and science education and is the author of the book, Ten Things NOT to Say to Your Gifted Child and coauthor of the science methods book Think Data: Getting Kids Involved in Hands-On Investigations With Data-Gathering Instruments. She provides professional development and speaks at parent groups nationwide. Dr. Heilbronner is active in service to the community and university, and she currently serves as on the board of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG).

    She is the parent of three adult gifted children and enjoys living quietly at home and going on hikes with her husband, Fred, and puppy, Teddy, in rural New York.

    This book, The Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Science, by Heilbronner and Renzulli, is an important addition to the literature of methods in developing creative student achievement. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model evolved from Renzulli's Three Ring Concept of giftedness, which focused on gifted behaviors rather than gifted individuals. This was a breakthrough concept in the field of gifted education. Years of refinement and adaptation have led to the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). This book is the first to focus the Model from more general use to a specific curricular area: Science.

    This is where the SEM Science book is most practical; it keeps the science investigation on track even amidst enticing distractions. How? It provides guidance to the teacher in understanding SEM, and his/her role in guiding and supporting his/her students. There are numerous planning sheets, inventories, and sample letters to focus students' direction. Included are data-collecting instruments, all down-to-earth and practical, reflecting real field testing and refining. Websites, apps, and other technology resources are given as learning aids or tools to enhance students' learning. For progressively sharpening the methods of inquiry, this book is a solid piece of work.,Richard Bothmer, MEd, 3/8/16