Welcome "gumshoe" (nickname for detectives)!

Solving mysteries can be lots of fun. Investigating and discovering answers to BIG questions can take us on fascinating learning journeys. The Detective's Bureau of Investigation challenges you to develop your investigative and critical thinking skills.

You accept a BIG QUESTION mission from your teacher and build the evidence, and pose theories (hypotheses). Learn the critical thinking techniques that will enable you to deeply understand.

The Detectives Bureau offer you the opportunity to rise through the "ranks" and become a Gold Shield Special Agent.

Happy-TeacherTeachers. Before proceeding please ensure you have explored the Getting started with Detectives Bureau Resources


detective_with_magnifying_glassEvery question we ask opens the door to another. Our desire to search for answers (curiosity) takes us on a learning journey...... a QUEST. A quest is like a mission, a determination to reveal meaningful answers.

The Detectives Bureau of Investigation invites student to chose from a rubric as they progress through three levels within the Bureau.

Detective Level: Focus on research and sifting relevant information

| Research | Relevance | Facts | Hypothesis |

Inspector Level: Focus on establish context and connections.

| Context | Logic | Reasoning | Rationale | Philosopher |

Special Agent Level: Focus on reasoning and forming hypotheses.

| Premise | Argument |Deductive | Inductive | Conclusion | Skepticism | Cynical | Conspiracy Theory |


Within each level student can choose to strive for:

special-agent-commanderRookie Badge:
Is the easiest thinking skill set.

Sergeant Badge: Is an intermediate thinking skill set.

Commander Badge: Offers the most challenging critical and creative skill set.

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Are you a detective?

The key "tool" used by successful investigators is an Evidence Board.  It will contains "snippets" or "clues" based on thorough research. Overtime, as "clues" build up you might form an opinion or theory.

Your teacher will present you with a BIG or PROVOCATIVE question.  Let’s view the situation as a mystery, or a puzzle.  The first thing you should do in this investigation is to take a look at all the available information = Internet research. 

Clues such as photographs and links are added to your Evidence Board. Draw lines connecting some of the clues to indicate a relationship between those clues. Fact gathering is most important work. Reasoning and forming a hypothesis follow on from fact gathering.

At each Investigative level we will introduce you to some famous  "real" life detectives.