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NSTA Boston 2008

We had a great couple of sessions at this year's NSTA conference in Boston. Thanks to all who were able to drop by.  And thanks also to Educational Innovations for sponsoring the sessions.

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For you: two slides we used at our session to download free

Here are some comments (copied from the evaluations) and
photos from our sessions.

“High Energy – Fantastic!!”

“One of the best organized & anticipated workshops I have attended.  You work as a team very well together.”

“Very valuable. Easily adaptable to all ages.”

“Fantastic presentation with ideas that anyone can use.”

“One of the best uses of PowerPoint I have seen in some time!  Wow!”

“Excellent session!!!”



“Outstanding presenter, and excellent program/book.  Thanks.”

“Fantastic!  Presenters were great.”

“I will DEFINITELY share with/encourage every Bio/Earth Sci colleague to use it.”

“Fun for my Science Club!”

“I will be suggesting this for a Professional Development in my school district.”

“Lots of fun, good ideas for classroom application, great presenter.”


“Very valuable.  Easily adaptable to all ages.”

“I loved this workshop!”

“I was at the Educational Innovations booth and a young lady bought The Private Eye Teacher's Guide.  She had just left The Private Eye morning session and she was raving about it.
I came to the afternoon session and I agree!”


“Fantastic!  Super for all ages!”


“Liberating!  What a springboard close observation can be for in-depth thinking!!”

“Outstanding.  Hope I can begin immediately at my school.”

“Super workshop.”

“Excellent and proper to all grades.”

“That is excellent!”


Fantabulous! Worth every minute.”

“Excellent workshop with great usefulness for
all ages.  Super handout packet.”

“Excellent, inspiring, makes me want to ‘hook’ all the elementary teachers in my district.”

“Outstanding – relevant -  This is the type of workshop that Professional Development should be modeled from.  You come away with content and pedagogy and at a level that students can understand and doesn’t have to be redeveloped for your students. Science Literacy – across curriculum.”

“As wonderful as always!”

“Presenter had great energy – pleasure to listen to.”


NSTA participant using a Private Eye jeweler's loupe.



NSTA participant using a Private Eye jeweler's loupe.



Kerry Ruef, founder and director of The Private Eye, presents at NSTA.



NSTA participant using a Private Eye jeweler's loupe.



NSTA participant using a Private Eye jeweler's loupe.

See you again next year!

And ... an in-depth follow-up response from George Kerr, University of Nevada, College of Education:

"After teaching for thirty plus years I found The Private Eye Program to be of the quality and novelty we used to get when new programs like Project WET, WILD and others would first be available to teachers and students.   READ MORE...

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