Enrichment classes are learning experiences that go above and beyond what is possible in the traditional school classroom. With small student-to-instructor ratios, they create an environment in which students are free to explore individual interests, take full advantage of personal qualities (such as learning styles and temperaments), socialize with likeminded peers, and utilize their instructor as a mentor and coach.
Synonyms for “enrich” are: cultivate, develop, enhance, supplement, jazz up, and sweeten. These terms all apply to the purpose and goals of enrichment classes. Indeed, a well-designed and -facilitated class can:
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing and teaching an enrichment class! To be successful, the topics, format, and schedule have to reflect the interests, backgrounds, and circumstances of the students and instructor. After all, individuals’ minds are as unique as fingerprints. Why shouldn’t educational approaches and experiences be just as diverse?