The Loudoun County SEARCH program focuses on critical and creative thinking skills and is designed to foster a classroom environment that encourages students to develop an excitement for learning and discovery. SEARCH teachers work within the classroom to stimulate curiosity, practice critical thinking and problem solving strategies, practice creative thinking skills, incorporate cooperative learning activities, provide opportunities for students to use higher level thinking skills, and 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.
Main Topics (Thinking Skills):
Perceiving: understanding and learning with your senses
Reasoning: using information to find answers that can be proven, are logical, and make sense; Deductive thinking
Connecting: making connections and linking information and ideas to see how they fit together
Creating: putting ideas, information, or objects together in a new or different way; inventive thinking
Evaluating: using information to make a decision; analytical, and reflective thinking
Links to other organizations that provide information and opportunities for gifted students are provided in the Links sections. These links are provided for information purposes only and are not an advertisement or endorsement by LCPS. All responsibility for inquiries, applications, and/or participation is solely that of parents or guardians.