Seeking Educational Alternatives to Reach and Challenge Higher-Level thinking skills
The Loudoun County SEARCH program provided to all K-3 grade students, focuses on critical 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 higher level thinking, 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.