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!

"I found this class to be one of the most exciting and valuable that I have taken."
  —Lisa Abramovic, Beaverton School District

The Private Eye®: Hand's-on STEM (and STEAM) Inquiry across the Curriculum K-12
(One to Five-Days)

Workshop Description 

Welcome to a lively, hands-on experience with the interdisciplinary Private Eye: a journey into the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale, and theorizing. The Private Eye methodology develops higher order thinking skills, literacy, scientific literacy, and creativity for both students and teachers across subjects. It is closely aligned with Marzano’s research on High Yield Instructional Strategies as well as the NGSS and Common Core. Throughout the day, participants write, draw, theorize, and collaborate. They use tabletop specimens (live and preserved) and see many examples of student work. Hands-on activities alternate with discussions on the thinking/instructional practices at work. Whether working with students in the sciences-at-large, in writing, math, art or social studies, participants learn — and experience firsthand — how The Private Eye’s simple tools produce "gifted" results. Participants leave the workshop with all the classroom materials necessary to lead students on a new journey of discovery.

TPE workshop
TPE workshop

"Our teachers that came to the training this summer cannot stop raving about what they learned."

 —Joan Walker,
Science Resource Teacher
Curriculum Services, Orange County Public Schools, FL

Day Two features an extended writing lesson,a dramatic “change of scale” drawing, and a math inquiry to develop the mathematical mind.

On Day Three, participants practice outdoor fieldwork, write extended informational texts, expandmath inquiries into symmetry and polygon hunts, and experience an animated inquiry into engineering and design. Throughout the orkshop, participants have time to begin thinking out their own lesson applications.

By Day 4/5, in addition to deepening The Private Eye Habits of Mind through new investigations, participants create an extended lesson / unit for their classroom use

Course materials: integral to the workshop each participant will receive:
  • The Private Eye Teacher Guide
  • The Class Loupe Set (36 loupes in polygrid case)
  • The Private Eye Deluxe World-in-a-Bag (two loupes and eight specimens)
  • The Private Eye Notebook
  • The Private Eye Poster
  • Lesson Handouts
  • Loupe Leash and Head Leash
  • Pivotal overheads used during the workshop—makes it easy for teachers teaching The Private Eye in the classroom. One master set (paper) of 18 overheads given to district in advance. Districts typically duplicate these and hand out one set to each course participant.
  • Download a pdf of our Workshop & Materials Portrait

Teacher's Private Eye art at a workshop


"My 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

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