The Story of The Private Eye Kits
Private Eye Kits bring
the drama and wonder of the world into the classroom every day.
A small scale, with the help of the loupe and the power of analogy,
is vivid and large. A few representative objects...and you feel
you're in a park, a garden, a vacant lot, at a beach, a pond—to
The Private Eye Project was piloted in the Seattle
Public Schools. The program began with grant funding from
The Discuren Foundation in 1989. In addition to funding staff
development, for each participating school the Foundation
funded one Private Eye Kit—meant ot rotate like a library
book among teachers—but one teacher would invariably horde
the Kit. So the Foundation then funded 3 to 5 Kits per school,
but 3 to 5 teachers would hold onto the kit, using it month
after month. Teachers who could not get the kit began to ask
for at least a teacher's guide and a class set of jeweler's loupes so
they could use the process, too, year round, to accelerate
students in all subjects.
the practical solution is for each teacher to have a class
set of loupes and a teacher's guide, many teachers and schools
still want their own Kit. To meet the needs of various settings,
we created smaller kits for individual, partner or small team
use. Once you have any of these Private Eye kits, you'll know
why teachers—and students—are so possessive!
use The Private Eye Kits — in all subjects, at all grade levels — year
after year for writing, drawing, theorizing. Within each kit
are beautifully framed specimens evoking the feeling of a small
art museum. Here the first stage of fieldwork is done for you.
You and your students or colleagues will, of course, collect
your own objects, but the framed collections create instant
motivation, heighten concentration, and offer a model for collecting.
They model, as well, how the scientist, writer, artiust, mathematician
and social scientist work; they all begin in the real world
and return again and again to it for inspiration. Included
with The Private Eye Desk Set is
a pocket version of The Private Eye Approach: The Private
Eye--Simple Steps to a Magnified Mind. This handy booklet
is also available separately.
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