We've received thousands of testimonials
over the years.
We include a small sampling here:
pattern-recognition skills embedded in The Private Eye
are central to learning systems thinking. When children
(and adults) apply the lessons of The Private Eye to their
own contexts, they can improve their higher-order thinking
and become more ecologically aware — a valuable approach
to enhancing ecoliteracy in the classroom and beyond.”
Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist;
founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy
in Berkeley, CA; author of The Tao of Physics, The
Turning Point, The Web of Life, and The
"A stunning eye opener to our surroundings. ...makes the scientific process a joy - for kids and adults. A must for educational reform in science."
— Dr. Dennis Kunkel, Neurobiologist, award-winning photomicrographer
University of Hawaii, HI
"The Private Eye is an outstanding instructional approach, consistent with the ways that scientists teach about the world."
—Jeff Estes, Manager of Science Education Programs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), WA
"I very much enjoyed The
Private Eye. It is a wonderful document, which
I intend to keep on my shelves for ready reference."
— Dr. Thomas Eisner, Director, Cornell Institute for Research
in Chemical Ecology
very impressed. A really exciting set
of tools... to bring out the gifted in
— Joseph Renzulli, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology,
University of Connecticut; Director,
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
"...exceptionally 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."
— Charles L. Remington, Professor of Biology and Environmental
Studies, Yale University; Curator,
Yale Natural History Museum
"What a fantastically successful and effective program! I'm tremendously
impressed. It's the best, most innovative
program I've seen in a long time."
— Professor Ola Edwards, Biologist, University of Washington
Eye is a powerful program for fostering ecoliteracy. Loupe-looking,
coupled with the analogy questioning strategy, allow us easily
to connect to the natural world. The Private Eye makes us closer
observers, reawakening our sense of wonder.”
— Zenobia Barlow, Director and Founder, The Center for Ecoliteracy
"The pattern-recognition skills embedded in The Private Eye are central
to learning systems thinking. When children (and adults) apply the lessons of
The Private Eye to their own contexts, they can improve their higher-order thinking
and become more ecologically aware — a valuable approach
to enhancing ecoliteracy in the classroom and beyond.”
Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist; founding director of the Center
for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, CA; author of The Tao of Physics, The
Turning Point, The Web of Life, and The Hidden Connections
need to reinvent the wheel with
science education when you already
have The Private Eye."
— Dr. Nancy Hutchison, Staff Scientist, Genetics Director,
Science Outreach, Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
"... an exciting approach to engaging students in the art of scientific
and mathematical thinking. It should
be a part of every school program."
— George "Pinky" Nelson, Ph.D., Astronomer, University
of Washington; Former Director
"A visionary work. The
Private Eye is a gift to all those
who care about language."
— Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language, Crazy
English, and Pun and Games
"Every person I've exposed this to has fallen in love with it.
It's just phenomenal."
— Amy Ouchley, Biology Professor, NE Louisiana University
"So much of the wonder of our world goes unseen and unnoticed.
With The Private Eye, the world becomes ever more fascinating...
That alone would be enough—but your text goes far beyond—[leading
us] to analyze, observe again,
make analogies and transference."
— Arthur L. Costa, eminent thinking skills researcher, Professor
Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, CA;
Former President, Association of Supervision
and Curriculum Development
"Writers are people who see what many others miss. The Private Eye
teaches us all to look at the world
as writers do."
— Vicki Spandel, Write Traits/Great Source
"The materials are well-thought out and beautifully expressed. Each page
is a work of art[...]Both the Private
Eye and Godly Play are involved deeply in the strange symmetry that you need
to love to know and know to love. Our connections need to be personal."
— Jerome Berryman, author, Godly Play
"Today I sat in the rain and opened your book to a joy that increased with
each page. My reactions:
how incredibly creative to incorporate
the arts with science and math
in such a natural manner - it is truly
interdisciplinary - very motivation
- and will help open our students'
eyes to the universe."
— Camille Wainwright, Director, School of Education, Pacific
"The best system I've seen for getting students to hypothesize."
— Steven Moore, Assistant Director, Center for Image Processing,
"After 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."
— Ann H. Zwinger, Naturalist and author of The Mysterious
Lands and Downcanyon
"The Private Eye is a wonderful contribution to literacy, poetry and ecological
— Robert Hass, Former U.S. Poet Laureate and National Book
Award winner, Professor, University
of California at Berkeley, CA
"A really good program. There's nothing even close to it."
— Larry Wade, University of St. Thomas, MN
“The Private Eye process is fantastic! I am so excited and want to
share your materials with teachers and other educators!!!
The Private Eye fits directly into my personal mission of encouraging
nature time for children. I've
been talking about the book The
Last Child in the Woods (by
Richard Louv) with anyone who
will listen to me. The Private Eye process is one big answer to
getting kids excited about nature. Please
allow me to spread the word in
— Terri Jacobson, Wildlife Biologist & Outreach Specialist, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Jackson,
"Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the wonderful 2 days at Birmingham
Botanical Gardens! It was wonderful -- truly a life-changing experience,
and I am already using the loupe and inquiry with my kids. As
a poet and just as a person, you
have enriched my life, and I thank
— Irene Latham, Alabama State Poetry Society’s 2006 Poet of
the Year, Birmingham, AL
"The Private Eye is fabulous for adults. It gives people an immediate
experience of the creative process."
— Bonnie Zimmerman, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
Stanford University Medical School,
"Once again we need Loupes for our Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers. Every
year we start out on the first day with The Private Eye. It sets the tone
for the entire Institute! I am so glad to see you thriving and expanding
The Private Eye year by year!
It is still my favorite program."
— Professor Ola Edwards, Biologist, University of Washington, WA
an ecological educator in the Mattole watershed, I visit six different
schools in three separate school districts, and work with students
from K-12. When I stumbled across “The Private Eye” curriculum—one
of the most exciting teaching tools I’d ever seen—I
couldn’t wait to introduce other teachers and students to “loupe
world.” The loupes and questions are a terrific adjunct
to any ecological program. But what to start with? So
much to look at, so little time!"
— C. L. Moss, Ecological
Educator, Mattole River Watershed, CA
"The Private Eye is one of the most authentic inquiry-based programs
I've encountered. It gives students tool that are easily obtained and
techniques that are accessible to all to do truly authentic scientific
— Sam Kindervater, McWane Science Center, Birmingham, AL
“This really is the best program going for meeting teachers' and students' needs in so many ways on so many levels. Personally, professionally, financially (i.e. cost of materials), etc etc." — Beverly B. Radford, Director, Alabama Hands-on Science Activity Project, University of Alabama at Birmingham
“The Private Eye gets students of all ages to wonder and think like a scientist, to problem solve like a scientist. And it creates an environmental sensitivity, essential to any environmental education program. I have always been inspired by what The Private Eye does. To catalyze wonder and discovery is a wonderful thing and you are doing it in spades."
— Ed Melvin, Washington Sea Grant Fisheries Scientist, Packard Grant Award Winner, University of Washington
"I recently visited a first-grade classroom where students were looking at ladybugs. Their Private Eye loupes made this activity thrilling and magnitudes more educational than it might have been otherwise. Now that science is returning to elementary schools, more teachers have the opportunity to make close observation one of their everyday activities. Earth's Birthday Project is committed to helping you make this happen!"
— Kathryn Brewer, Director of Educational Programs, Earth's Birthday Project
"Serendipity. I ordered Kerry Ruef's excellent book The Private Eye: Looking/Thinking by Analogy. It is truly, pardon the pun, an eye-opener. I try to get young and old to resist the usual way of thinking, and this book, and your project ought to be in every school. I will be ordering a few items, and plan to keep in touch. Cheers. Keep up the great work.
— Dr. R. D. B. Laime, Albuquerque, NM
"Private Eye Rules! If you haven't had Kerry come talk to your teachers/school districts, be sure to do it soon - I was blown away when I attended her session at this years M&M Meeting in Portland - I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time b/c she was so "on target."
— Dr. Sherry Cady,. Assistant Professor of Geology, Portland State University
"Your STEM course was very powerful and has changed my approcach to science teaching and I can already see the difference with my students and we are only on week 3 of using the loupes."
— Allyson Dubuque
Beaverton School District. Beaverton, OR
"I think The Private Eye aligns beautifully with the rigor we see in the English Language Arts Common Core Standards. It will be a great way to help our students communicate about their observations!"
-- Molly Malloy,
District Science Resource Teacher,
Orange County Public Schools, FL
“I truly believe you have unlocked the mystery for getting kids to observe on a deeper lever, write and draw to explain what they have seen and then question and hypothesize and theorize which is key to beginning to truly admire and respect the world we live in.”
— Sharon Burnett,
Orange County Public Schools, FL
"I have been instructing elementary and middle school teachers using The Private Eye Curriculum for more than ten years. Teachers love this program. As teachers use the loupe for the first time and answer the thought provoking questions they are captivated. And they are amazed how this program can bring about deep understanding and spark creativity with so many integration possibilities."
—Gene Easter, Brushfire Science Consultants, Tallmadge, OH
"I have been teaching High School Biology for 30+ year, and I love using "Private Eye" with my classes. I first discovered Private Eye at a workshop conference in Seattle years ago, and I have added the materials and lessons to the curriculum every time I have come to a new school. My niece is currently doing her student teaching in a second grade class and will graduate from Penn State in the spring. As a graduation present to her, I am putting together a Private Eye Kit to inspire her in her new career. Thanks for the inspiration over the years, and for a wonderful graduation gift idea!"
— Laurel Flyer,
Sandy Spring Friends School,
Sandy Spring, Maryland
"We were first introduced to The Private Eye when my now 18 year old son was in 5th grade. He is a kid who is all large motor skills still (great athlete). The drawing he did on that one day is so awesome and still amazes me. That wonderful teacher has moved on and so I have taken it upon myself to spend the summer with my 15 and 10 year olds weaving it in our summer adventures.Even when we aren't drawing, when we see things out in the world, we always ask ourselves the Private Eye questions. Makes life so much richer."
“It’s unbelievable the language that my kids come up with. The writing! The poetry! It’s an incredible tool. The Private Eye is a dynamic process that pushes my kids to excel, and they do!”
— Sara Nelson, Gladys Weymouth School, Morrill, ME
"I used The Private Eye last year on my very first day in my new school with rousing success. I am really looking forward to introducing the entire teaching staff to the program next month. My new school, after 3 years of preparation, was just this spring authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Being an IB World School is really big deal, and the specialized holistic curriculum emphasizes student-driven, inquiry-based "everything!"
I can't think of a more receptive and appropriate place for The Private Eye."
most influential program you can put in a school. The
loupe is the best little tool you'll ever find. The
Private Eye guide is the best book around."
— Jeff Self, Teacher, Presidential Award Recipient, Eureka
City Schools, CA
It's marvelous. It really increases the
students' abilities to make analogies."
— Lori Johnston, GATE Teacher, Signal Hill School District,
was caught on fire and so were my students. ...After using The
Private Eye the students have a whole new perspective on their
— Kathy Mannion, Teacher, Woodstock, GA
"It's been nine years since I started using The Private Eye in my classroom.
(3rd grade) The kids love it. Their writing, drawing and thinking is amazing!!"
— Virginia Gould, Teacher, Spokane, WA
"I have been teaching for two years. In grad school they say integrate
but they don't say how. This makes it so easy. This one automatically integrates
— Amy Gay, Teacher, Roseburg, OR
"It was unbelievable. Many adults were so moved by the experience
they cried. A colleague, 70 years old from London, brought back a memory
from his boyhood - stimulated by looking closely at a branch of a wheat plant. The
poetry was exquisite...one friend wrote a poem from her connections, and analogies
with a seashell that took her back to a trip to the beach shortly after she
discovered that she was pregnant and discovered she was RH-negative. [A
colleague] and I are going to write an article [on The Private Eye] for our
Cornerstone Connections and publish the poetry. We have asked the authors
of the poetry for permission to share their work - it's a go. When we
get it done we will email it to you. Thanks a million, it was a terrific
— Rebecca McKay, Alabama Teacher of the Year, Munford City Schools,
love it. I'm amazed at the analogies made at even 3rd grade level."
— Lindell Haggin, Teacher, Spokane School District, Spokane,
"I have used The Private Eye for ten years now. It never fails to engage
students in learning. The wonderment it creates is super, especially those
students who are hard to reach."
— Greg Wotta, Teacher, Costa Mesa, CA
"I just got home from CAST in Houston - I couldn't stop talking about
the workshop. I want my kids to experience this - open their eyes. Thanks for
the great presentation!!!"
— Sabra Paul, 7th Grade Science Teacher, Library Science
Student, "Closet Writer," Sugarland, TX
"The Private Eye is a great researched-based resource for inquiry-based
instruction, writing integration with science, and creative sparkler! It's
such a profound concept made simple."
— Becky Wivagg, Science Resource Specialist, ESC Region 12,
"It's transformational—this paying attention to detail and staying
engaged with a flower or shell or insect. The Private Eye creates a habit
of engagement when they [students] say what else it reminds them of. Having
the questions to answer and 'Let's write about and draw it.' — The Private
Eye is a doorway into that. It's changed my life."
— Ann Pelo, Teacher, Hilltop Children's Center, Seattle,
"The Private Eye fits hand and glove with what most Montessori teachers
are trying to do. Makes me wish I were back in the classroom."
— Marcia Clark, Director/Principal, Great Beginnings Montessori
School, Fairfield, CT
"I have used The Private Eye loupes and process with students from four
to sixty-four. I always get extraordinary results from any age writer."
— Rebecca McKay, Alabama Teacher of the Year, Munford City
"I am mesmerized by your book!!! Wow!!!"
— Marcy Fowler, teacher, Pasadena, CA
"When the kids read their Private Eye poems they knew it was much better
than anything they'd been writing before."
— Luanne Johnson, teacher, Birmingham, AL
"The book was fascinating. I spent the entire four hour plane trip
reading it and making notes. There was so much that was germane to our
Arts and Literacy project as well as a variety of other departure points for
our elementary art teachers. As a result, I wanted each of my art teachers
to have a copy so that they could explore all of the processes and activities
— Janet Kahn, Director, Fine Arts Program, Albuquerque Public
“I have parents who refuse to believe that their son wrote
his hand poem by himself. They think I gave him the words.
The loupe and questions unlock a richness of language which
is in the children."
— Libby Sinclair, Teacher, Decatur Elementary
“I introduced this to both my classes and to students in other classrooms.
Students who usually write well and enjoy it gained enthusiasm and skill. Students
who have not written in a creative manner before stopped me in the hall and begged
me to come back into their classroom so they could ‘write again.’"
— Jan Toth, Teacher, Whiman Middle School
"I used this kit with outstanding success in 9th-10th grade Language Arts
at Marshall Evening Alternative School. We used [The Private Eye] to write
poems, with accompanying drawings. We studied analogies as a way
to explain and emphasize ideas, the pervasiveness of analogous thinking and the
use of analogies in science, math, literary creation, ie., reading, writing,
— Johnnie McKinley,
Teacher, Marshall Evening Alternative School, WA
“I took The Private Eye course fifteen years ago. It’s
awesome. I’ve used it [The Private Eye] every year for
poetry, art, small living organisms and now I’m going to use
it in an environmental unit.”
— Amy Frank, 6th
Grade Teacher, Sawyer Woods Elementary, Kent, WA
“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind -creators and empathizers, pattern
recognizers and meaning makers." (Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.) Considering our future thinkers explains why I couldn't provide my students with any better program in preparation for integrated thought in art, math, science and literature than
The Private Eye Project!”
— Diane Garmire
Art teacher, Spokane , WA
“My teachers were so excited about the workshop and kits. I've never seen something so powerful as The Private Eye!”
—Sara Flusche, Lab Facilitator, North Central Texas College, Gainesville, TX
so much for a great two days...it was all the talk in the faculty
rooms the rest of the week, I've had nothing but rave reviews."
— Kathe Poteet, K-12 Science Resource Specialist, Modesto
School District, CA
“The Private Eye is fantastic for both teachers and students alike. We choose The Private Eye Train-the-Trainers as an exemplary staff development program—one that would also give our students the best tools for success.”
— Sandra Antalis, Manager, Elementary Science, Houston Independent School District
"Thanks again for opening my eyes to a fabulous teaching technique. I feel like Wonder Woman sometimes when I use your strategies and suddenly kids start getting really focused and really creative! All hail anything that encourages divergent thinking! "
—Sabrina England, Teacher
Mission, South Dakota
"The Private Eye was one of the most enjoyable and eye-opening trainings I have ever been to. I debated about waiting until after standardized testing to allow my students to explore with the loupes; but I just could not wait. I pulled them out the very next day. My students had a blast with the loupes and with the items I did in my journal (I shared it all with them)! I am excited about doing more and more with the loupes in the upcoming months and years!!!"
— Keri Jones, Glen Oaks Elementary School
“The CAST [Texas Science Teachers Association] session was mind-blowing, as I’m sure it was for a lot of people. It was truly an eye-opening experience, no pun intended.”
—John Muse, St, Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Houston Texas
"The Private Eye workshop was wonderful. We're going to do this inside out and upside down!"
— Jennifer Jordan, 2nd grade teacher, Lakeville Elementary, Orlando, FL
“I’ve made over 800 presentations all over the world and exhibited at hundreds of conferences, and I’ve never seen the level of enthusiasm following a presentation as I did from the teachers coming from Kerry Ruef’s Private Eye session. It was almost like a religious experience.”
— Ron Perkins, CEO
"Our teachers that came to the training this summer cannot stop raving about what they learned."
—Joan Walker, Science Resource Teacher
Orange County Public Schools, FL
"One of the best science
workshops I've ever been to. The presenters were terrific."
— David Ackerman, Principal, Seattle Public Schools, WA
"My favorite session at the NSTA conference."
- Michael Becker, Oregon Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2008
teachers loved the 2-day Private Eye workshop and most write that
they thought it was the best workshop that they had ever attended!!!"
— Shirley Farrell, Supervisor of Gifted Education, Jefferson
County Board of Education, Birmingham, AL
a fantastic day that was! Everyone loved your presentation. Your
work is wonderful."
— Dee Goldberg, Science Resource Specialist, Spring Branch School District, Houston,
best workshop I've been to, ever. It really changed my thinking;
it really changed my approach to what I'm doing with the kids."
— Gail Greenleaf, teacher, Tucson Unified School District,
"This reminds me of what I have always dreamed an excellent workshop should look like (be like, feel like…). I got the ideas, the inspiration and the tools to go away with and use in my class Monday morning. Thanks."
— Don Craigmyle, Vice Principal, McKenzie Elementary, Victoria, BC, Canada
workshop met and exceeded all of the expectations I had for providing
our excellent teaching staff the professional development they
deserve. The presentation, materials, and activities are extremely
engaging. It is unusual to have such overwhelming confirmation
from teachers about the high quality of an in service opportunity,
but your workshop is indeed one of those rare exceptions. I've
never had as many folks say thank you and provide positive comments
about a workshop, as I experienced following The Private Eye
Workshop. More importantly, both current and past attendees of
your workshops continue to use their Private Eye experience with
students in new and exciting ways in our schools."
— Regi Christensen, Director of School Improvement, Sutherlin
School District, Sutherlin, OR
is no substitute for working with the originator of a powerful
concept. (An unsolicited endorsement for the wonders of Kerry & David!)"
— Gail Paulin, Secondary Science Resource Specialist, Tucson
Unified School District, AZ
“This really is the best program going for meeting teachers' and students' needs in so many ways on so many levels. Personally, professionally, financially (i.e. cost of materials), etc etc."
— Beverly B. Radford, Director, Alabama Hands-on Science Activity Project, University of Alabama at Birmingham
"I was forced to teach science this year, and I felt really stupid, you
know, uncomfortable. I felt like I didn't know enough.
But now after this workshop [The Private Eye], I know
I'm going to love it. I'm so excited."
— Cynthia Anderman, teacher, Jessie Dean Smith Elementary, Gadsden,
"My name is Lynda Raquel and I teach 5th grade for Lodi Unified School
District. I was recently introduced to your loupes at the CSTA Conference
in San Francisco, where I participated in The Private Eye workshop. I
absolutely love these things and bought half a class set and the book that
day! Now I would like to place an order so that I will have a full class set. When
I brought the loupes home from the conference my 5-year-old and 11-year-old
were equally impressed and went around the house 'louping' for 2 hours! I think
they are a wonderful addition to the curriculum at any grade level and I feel
teachers at my site would be receptive to learning more about them."
— Lynda Raquel, teacher, Lodi Unified School District, Lodi, CA
“After fourteen years of teaching, I was kind of burned out,
and this changed the way I think and will change the way I teach. A
whole new way of looking at things. I needed that.”
Curlee, Teacher, 7th Grade Biology, Hewitt Trussville Middle School,
“I’m so excited! The Private Eye is an opportunity
to emphasize ‘No
wrong answer' and to open the students up. I’m going to
use the Fingerprint activity next September to emphasize their individuality.
It will help draw them out of their shells.”
Head, Teacher of 6th, 7th and 8th RLC English, Gifted Program, Heweytown
Middle School, AL
“Awesome workshop! It’ll help them [gifted students]
move away from group think to more independent thinking.”
Mawhinney, Teacher, Gifted Program, Grades 3-5, Jefferson County Schools,
"The workshop was wonderful. My teachers can't stop talking about it."
— Connic Miller, Principal, Riverside Elementary, Puyallup, WA
"Quite the best presentation I've been to in years."
— Beverly Gruhn, Teacher, Millstream Elementary, Victoria, BC, Canada
"The Private Eye is truly the best resource I could ever recommend to teachers, and for that, I thank you! The most generous workshop I've ever been to." — Dana Meronuk, Gifted Resource Coordinator, Simon Fraser University
"Everyone was amazed at the incredible, hands-on experience that they could take right back the classroom. I was impressed with the range and depth and research of the presentation."
— Erica Godfrey, Science Coordinator, Victoria School District, BC, Canada
"I have never felt more authentically engaged in scientific speculation."
— Wayne Thom, Teacher, Saanich Schools, Victoria, BC, Canada
"Best workshop I've been in."
— Judith Kelby, Librarian, Coleman Elementary, Seattle, WA
"Your workshop was dynamite."
— Marsha Dains, Teacher, Arroyo Seco Junior High School, SEARCH (Interdisciplinary team), Valencia, CA
“I used it consistently since attending the workshop eight year ago. It's a fantastic way for motivating the ELL kids. A lot of my kids are from Mexico or Asia and they need the language development quickly - The Private Eye is a great stimulus, especially with the thinking by analogy component! I am really gung ho.
It stimulates every area of the curriculum and gets the kids to look with detail, kids that normally rush through everything: wham bam. Some of these kids I call the Teflon kids because nothing sticks; they want to get everything over with quickly. But The Private Eye gets them to look with interest and depth, and gets them to think in detail and in depth. I want all the students in the school to have this; I love it so much I'm willing to fork over my own money! It's exciting. What an improvement it's made with these kids.
I have a lot of hand lenses but the loupe is so perfect because it cuts out distractions and really gets the kids to focus. The Private Eye really helps prepare them for the state tests. The Private Eye gets them thinking in detail, thinking in steps, always asking the questions 'What's next? What's next?'"
— Mary Talwar, Teacher, Belle Vista Elementary, Monterey Park, CA
"Your presentation was truly engaging for everyone. I wish you could have seen the use of the loupes as the week progressed.[…] I know the work you are doing will touch many lives."
— Susan Iwamoto, Coordinator of the Math Their Way workshop, Saratoga, CA
"I've never seen my teachers so involved [as in The Private Eye workshop]."
— Nancy Chin, Principal, Laurelhurst Elementary, Seattle Public Schools
"The teachers in our writing workshop for teachers loved the presentation from Private Eye, and were able to gain numerous strategies to take back to the classroom, strategies they could apply not just in science, but with all of their students' writing."
— Larry Colton, Executive Director, Community of Writers, Portland, OR
"I was really impressed with the level of materials - even down to the strawberry - and how immediately the integrated approach could be applied to the classroom. Teachers were using it the very next day. This is so valuable!"
— Virginia Jumbo, Principal, Crownpoint Community School (BIA), NM
"The summer Private Eye workshop certainly opened my eyes. I am using the loupes and the ideas in my fifth grade class all the time."
— David Lamb, Teacher, Seattle, WA
"Nobody's as good as David and Kerry. I could have a million of their workshops it wouldn't be enough. The teachers just ate it up. They just loved it."
— Patsy Magee, Science Supervisor K-12, Beaumont ISD, Beaumont, TX
“I can not imagine a workshop any better, any richer, any more rewarding, anywhere, than the two days I’ve spent with The Private Eye."
— Martha Russell, Science Resource Coordinator, Gadsden City Schools, Gadsden, AL
"Your environment was a delight. The activities really turned on the teachers."
— Anne Taylor, Professor, University of New Mexico School of Architecture, Director, Architecture and Children
"Thanks a bunch for the fantastic Private Eye experience at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was wonderful professional development for me, and I appreciate all the time, energy, enthusiasm, and expertise that you brought to the workshop. Bravo!!"
— Joe Burns, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Education
“I can't describe the enthusiasm for that your workshop generated. Teachers who I have been at my wits end to involve in arts integration suddenly see the light. I have plans at every grade level involving The Private Eye and third grade teachers have asked me to team with them on a fingerprint lesson. I thought your presentation was engaging and full of new insights. I am in awe of all your knowledge and how creatively you synthesize it."
— Faylinda Kodis, Arts Coordinator, Claremont Immersion Elementary School, Arlington, VA
"Truly enjoyed Kerry Ruef's presentation about The Private Eye: Hands-On Inquiry program during the NSTA National Conference in New Orleans last week. Just placed an order for equipment and can't wait to have my students experience the program!"
Lyn Colleen Streck
Lower School Science
Durham, North Carolina
“Thank you so much for the fantastic keynote workshop. You were a big hit, and the room just crackled with activity as well as oohs and aahs, and laughter. Everyone is looking forward to sharing the passion and adventure of the learning experiences you have encouraged in all of us.”
— Sue Burgard, Director
21st Century Community Learning Centers
South Dakota State Department of Education
"The activities in the curriculum are flexible and can serve as individual or group projects. The Private Eye program is adaptable, a good stimulus for creativity, and interdisciplinary in nature. It does not require extensive planning or preparation time... I have not seen many programs that allow students to so easily and effectively engage in inquiry in math, science, writing, and the arts."
— John Ervin, Afterschool Program Expert, Coordinator and Evaluator of After-School Programs
"With The Private
Eye, connecting through analogy brings the world into
perspective, and at the same time stretches the observer's
thinking. ... All through the curriculum, the possibilities
— Katie Johnson - Teacher/Consultant: Educational Leadership (ASCD)
wonderful introduction to the creative use of inquiry science in
almost any classroom, by any teacher. Science professionals also
can learn from it how to present their specialty in a classroom
in a way that will communicate excitement and encourage further
— Caroline Schooley: The Journal of the Microscopy Society
excellent resource manual for teachers to use...Being a science
teacher, I found the different themes of science from insect anatomy,
plant photosynthesis to topographical ideas to be very useful.
The Private Eye provides many great classroom ideas for all subjects
and all grade levels. I like the idea of being able to take the
loupes anywhere inside or outside the school."
— Steve Hoffman - Middle School Science Teacher: CEA Voice
Private Eye Project has published a fascinating workbook to help
teachers develop their pupils' creativity and scientific literacy...[It]
encourages kids to look really closely at nature and discover how
math, art, science and other fields are related."
— "School News": Parents Express
the loupe thrills kids. They're eager to learn, and because of
the integrated approach to learning, they learn a lot."
— Jay Howard - Consultant: BC Education News
Private Eye is a good buy for teachers and all who would learn
more about the unique planet we live on. Anyone who believes that
s/he has 'seen it all' need travel no farther than his or her back
yard with a Private Eye."
— Charles Yaple - Editor: Taproot
you have been needing something to spice up your teaching of metaphors
and analogies in your art lessons, this might do the trick."
— Colleen Kennedy - Secondary Art Dept. Head: NAEAnews
class responded to this kit with overwhelming enthusiasm! They
didn't want to stop, even when I announced we had to go home.
These simple tools produced outstanding results in subjects across
— Jane Jernigan, Teacher: Learning
— School Arts
"The loupe approach to instruction...elicits exciting possibilities for
any curriculum. ... [My] students made analogies based on their observations,
then wrote descriptive paragraphs. The results were exciting and persuaded
me that 'loupe looking' can lead to greater development of students' writing
and thinking skills"
— Gerry Waller, Middle Ground (National Middle School
"Once you've read and used this book you and your children will never
again view the natural world in the same way."
— Wendy Priesnitz, Natural Life
"This 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 within."
— Dolores Choat, Science and Children (NSTA)
“I have incorporated The Private Eye into our regular program and the poems and pictures continue to amaze me. What a brilliant way to enable children to communicate clearly what they feel. What an inspiring way for them to learn how to use their minds.”
—Merida Sculley-Dixon, Parent,Whidbey Island, WA
"Our son is now sixteen and I see still the effects of the Private Eye in his writing. Your program was one of the best homeschooling tools we ever used"
— Linda Riordan, Parent
"Time spent going through the
program outlined in The Private Eye Guide is an excellent
investment for intellectual achievement in school and throughout
— Ted Wade, author, The Homeschool Manual
creative thinking program, designed to encourage science, math,
art, writing, and pure imagination...[The Private Eye] stretches
the mind...the sky's the limit."
— Becky Rupp, Home Education Magazine
remarkable and complete course of study for grades 'K-12 through
life'...You will find hundreds of fascinating facts and activities
to use with this remarkable interdisciplinary program."
— Diane Flynn Keith, HomeFires
by analogy becomes easy when using The Private Eye program... [an]
affordable, hands-on curriculum supplement."
— Sandra K. Smith, Florida Parent Educators Association
Private Eye Project has developed a wonderfully simple tool for
stimulating thought, inquiry, exploration and creativity....using
the loupe is fun and engaging for both children and adults, either
at home or in school."
— Seth Rockmuller, AllPIE: Options In Learning
Private Eye is an open ended tool to help a student think 'better'.
The exercises are applicable over many different areas of study
and skill development...Of special interest are actual examples
of teachers using Private Eye concepts to enhance their regular
— Michael T. Smith, Inland Empire Home School News
AM IMPRESSED! At times as I was flipping through it, I got the
notion that I could use this book and nothing else for about 60%
of my child's entire education experience, K-12."
— Debra Eisenmann, Ozark Lore Society Networker
excellent coverage of analogies, their importance and how to use
them...The guide is based on...up to date educational theory, which
is consistent with current neurological research. In short, the
program makes sense."
— Jean Ottosen, Myrr