The Private Eye Teacher Guide
Private Eye - (5X) Looking / Thinking by Analogy: A
Guide to Developing the Interdisciplinary Mind, by
(The Private Eye Project, 2003, 1998, 1992) 240 pages.
K-16 through life. Profusely illustrated in black and white. $24.95
Also available with laminated, removable pages. $85.00
lively introduction to The Private Eye program will propel
you, your students and colleagues into the drama and wonder
of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing
scale and theorizing. Designed
to develop higher order thinking skills, creativity, literacy and
scientific literacy — The Private Eye's "simple" tools
produce "gifted" results. You'll use everyday objects,
a jeweler's loupe, and simple questions to accelerate and magnify
thought, whether you're working in science, writing, art, math,
social studies, invention or even humor.
You'll discover how The Private Eye builds habits of close
observation and inquiry across subjects. You'll learn how the
loupe (a magnification tool with a simple but amazing difference)
along with three powerful questions can transform the curriculum.
You'll see examples of student writing, drawing and theorizing
as you tour the process — with over 200 lesson plans, ideas
and ticklers to enrich the five core disciplines. The Private
Eye process builds communication, problem solving, and concentration
skills as it develops "the
Private Eye Table of Contents
an excerpt the
Response to the book:
very impressed. A really exciting set of tools... to bring
out the gifted in everyone."
Renzulli, Director, The National Research Center on the Gifted
looking through the book, I felt like I'd walked
in the front door of heaven. What really impresses me is the
scientific learning that you've built into observation, and the
chance to draw. I think how you've tied thinking by analogy and
theorizing with the loupe is spectacular."
H. Zwinger, naturalist and author of The Mysterious Lands;
mesmerized by your Book!!! Wow!!!"
— Marcy Fowler, teacher,
ingenious and effective program for science teaching. ... I am
very conscious of the importance of thoughtful, lively innovations
that substantially raise the students' interest and thus raise
the educational results. The Private Eye Project is the
most promising such innovation I have ever seen."
L. Remington, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies,
Yale University; Curator,
Yale Natural History Museum
book takes the reader on a journey of discovery that incorporates
science, art, literature, and creative thinking. The
author leads the reader through the creative process, quoting
writers and scientists and presenting solid scientific research. Open,
study, and explore this book and discover the treasures waiting
Choat, Science and Children (NSTA)
must tell you that your book has inspired me to totally rethink
my curriculum forever."
Horton, teacher, Ann Arbor, MI
a fantastically successful and effective program! I'm tremendously
impressed. It's the best, most innovative program I've
seen in a long time."
Edwards, Prof. of Biology, University of Washington
The Private Eye Companion Volume I
The Private Eye Companion Volume II
and Volume III
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