The SEARCH curriculum supports state and district standards and is designed to give students
opportunities to apply learned concepts and skills. Teachers have freedom in selecting themes and
activities to reach the objectives of the program, namely to develop research skills, problemsolving
skills, and communication skills. Here are some of the ways those objectives may be met
in the gifted education program.
Students learn to locate and acquire information through researching library materials,
reading literature, purposeful listening and viewing, visual and performing arts, personal
observation, conducting surveys and opinion polls, social interaction, and other sources. Students
will also learn to organize information. Research will be age-appropriate with an emphasis on
students developing the skills to independently extract pertinent information from a given source.
Students will also be given opportunity to apply research skills taught in the regular classroom.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
Students will develop problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills through the use of
creative and critical thinking, learning to seek alternatives, establishing order out of
disorganization, and learning to defend their own ideas. Curiosity of encouraged. Students are
encouraged to try ideas that might not have a defined outcome. Problem-solving activities are done
individually and in small and large groups. Working cooperatively, students discover not only
their own strengths, but the strengths of their classmates.
Students will learn to present information in a variety of appropriate formats which
exhibit standards of excellence in speaking and writing. Students will prepare presentations in
order to illustrate an idea or concept, to support a point of view, to entertain an audience, or to
inform or instruct. In order to communicate effectively, students must first understand the material
to be presented. When students prepare presentations, they often discover “holes” in their own
learning which must be addressed before the presentation can be completed. Thus, communication
skills become an important part of the learning process as well as being an important life skill.
Students will use technology in developing their skills in research, problem-solving, and
communication. All SEARCH students will have access to computers, printers, scanners and
digital cameras. They will learn to create multi-media projects using computer technology and
participate in internet and computer-based programs.