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







Private Eye Workshop Description
Professional Development


Give your students a wallop of wonder and mystery!

3-Credit STEM / STEAM
Summer course 2018—preview

(Summer 2017 will be devoted to revising and expanding our book. Stay tuned.)
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STEM

"The Private Eye changes the emphasis from that of a 'teacher centered' learning environment to that of a 'student centered' one. I can’t wait to get started and feel that this class has reinvigorated my own interest in science and teaching science for good."
                    —Allyson Dubuque, Beaverton School District
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Course Title:

Integrating the Common Core and NGSS—using The Private Eye Program

Course Description:

Dandelions! Crickets! Eyeballs! In a unique collaboration between the STEM Center, PSU, and the acclaimed Private Eye Program, elementary and secondary teachers will explore how to use this hands-on, interdisciplinary program to rev-up student motivation, enrich content understanding, and heighten critical and creative thinking.

Teachers will apply crosscutting ideas of analogies, patterns, scale and proportion, systems and models, and structure and function throughout science, math, and literacy.

The focus will be on embedding the use of a jeweler's loupe and questioning strategies into STEM content areas, as well as scientific and mathematical practices to enhance students' ability to: 1) develop motivational bridges between content areas; 2) make investigation into content areas simpler, but sophisticated and scholarly; 3) develop students who naturally write-across-the-curriculum with high-level results.

Additionally, teachers will develop lesson plans that incorporate The Private Eye® process and activities to address specific learning targets for their students in STEM areas, per the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for Math and for English Language Arts & Literacy.

As part of a grant, participants receive a set of Private Eye loupes.

 

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