• 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.

    RESEARCH SKILLS

    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.

    COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    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.

    TECHNOLOGY

    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.