Focus on Experiential Learning

Reaching beyond the conventional classroom curriculum, The Ashtabula Area City School District's Gifted and Talented Resource Room Program (GTRRP), inspires gifted and talented students, grades three through six, by providing opportunities to venture out of the classroom to experience "hands on" learning.

One of the goals of the Gifted and Talented Resource Room Program is to continue to provide stimulating learning environments and promote advanced learning through critical thinking and problem solving.

Located on Lake Erie, Ashtabula and neighboring Cleveland, Ohio, are overflowing with venues offering ‘experimental learning’. At the base of each enrichment opportunity is a unit of study, incorporating all subject areas, mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and technology. This interdisciplinary approach to learning focus’ on higher level thinking.

Students venture to University Circle, surrounded by world class institutions: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Garden, and The Western Reserve Historical Society. University Circle’s incomparable cultural classroom is an incubator for ‘experiential learning’ and further extends to life-long learning for gifted students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

After attending The Cleveland Orchestra Concert, students submit drawings for the Art Contest. Winners from GTRRP had their drawings appear on posters, in the issue of SCORE, and hung on the walls of Severance Hall.

Additional venues in Cleveland visited by gifted students: The Great Lakes Science Center, Federal Reserve Bank/Money Museum and Playhouse Square. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a student favorite.