The Loudoun County SEARCH program, offered to K-4 grade students, focuses
on 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 problem solving strategies, 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. The Loudoun
County SEARCH lessons are organized under the learning keys listed below
and are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. These lessons fulfill the 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).
MAIN TOPICS (The Thinking Keys):