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

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The Private Eye can increase student achievement by 45%
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Eye Loupe The Private Eye jeweler's loupe
—Introduced to the world of education in 1989 by Kerry Ruef. By far the best of its kind, the loupe is an almost magical, magnification tool. Along with The Private Eye process, the loupe is also a metaphor for magnifiying thought.

Use the loupe with
The Private Eye Questions to accelerate concentration, critical thinking and creativity. Read more
How to Use a Loupe!

Be sure to hold it right up against the bones around your eye.
Cut out the distractions
and increase the wonder.


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Check out this portrait of a STEAM school using The Private Eye

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   to Costa Rica School Children

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Looking Closely!

Microscopy Today Private Eye Fingerprint Art

The Private Eye in Microscopy Today! Click to open the pdf

The Private Eye is an acclaimed, hands-on learning process and professional development program that rivets the eye and rockets the mind. PreK-20 thru life!

Hands on, investigative, The Private Eye - using everyday objects, a jeweler's loupe, and simple questions - accelerates science, writing, art, math and social studies, and more. Write, draw and theorize across subjects. Discover new worlds. Magnify minds.

The Private  Eye Training-the-Trainers.

From our NSTA presentation:
“I sat in awe as you covered so many of the treasures of The Private Eye in just one hour.”
—Tami Biddington,
   Imlay Elementary, Hillsboro, OR

"Your Private Eye session reenergized my commitment to encourage students to magnify their world!"
—Mary Lou Geraud,
   Willow Creek Elementary, Nampa ID

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SEDL: Afterschool with The Private Eye Named Top Afterschool Resource!

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Rave Reviews
"A really exciting way to bring out the gifted in everyone."
  — Joseph Renzulli, Director, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

"The Private Eye is a wonderful contribution to literacy, poetry and ecological awareness."
  — Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate and Professor, University of California at Berkeley

"The Private Eye is fabulous for adults.  It gives people an immediate experience of the creative process."
— Bonnie Zimmerman, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical School
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