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SEARCH
(Seeking Educational Alternatives to Reach and Challenge Higher)
 
The Loudoun County SEARCH program:
  • focuses on thinking skills
  • fosters a classroom environment that encourages students' excitement for     learning and discovery. 
SEARCH teachers work within the classroom to:
  • stimulate curiosity
  • practice problem solving strategies
  • incorporate cooperative learning activities
  • provide opportunities for students to use higher level thinking skills
  • to identify students with exceptional ability 
During the lessons, the primary classroom teacher makes observations to gain insight into the students' various skills, strengths, and learning styles. 
 
Both teachers work cooperatively to recognize and develop the potential for excellence in each student.  The SEARCH teacher is available to assist in the development of lesson plans and activities that promote higher level thinking , model or provide tips for differentiating instruction, and to offer enrichment to students who have been formally identified for gifted services. 
 
The Loudoun County SEARCH lessons are organized under the learning keys listed below and are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. 
 
Thinking Keys:
Perceiving, Reasoning, Connecting, Creating, Evaluating
 
These lesson also fulfill the 3 goals of the LCPS Gifted Education Department which are:
 

1.To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them.

2.To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

3.To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning).

 
 
 
Last Modified on October 9, 2014
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