The Private Eye - looking closely and thinking by analogy with jeweler's loupes and inquiry method for hands-on interdisciplinary science, art, writing, math, and more

Friday, November 11th 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center, B114

Magnify Your Mind!—With The Private Eye®
Give your students a wallop of wonder and mystery—using a jeweler’s loupe, everyday objects, and a powerful inquiry process. Students investigate science topics with fresh perspective and surprise themselves as they write, draw, and theorize at sophisticated levels. Habits of close observation bloom. Critical thinking soars, and NGSS and CCSS come to life. Take away this easy hands-on method—and magnify minds! Free starter kit.

To Schedule:

Be sure to visit our sponsor:
Educational Innovations in the Exhibit Hall!

What conference attendees say about 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!!!”


“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.”

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.”

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.

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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