Posted 06 December 2006 - 11:02 AM
Different museums offer a variety of resources (teacher's notes, handling collections, loans boxes, worksheets, suggested activites, INSET) but it is often difficult to get feedback on which are the most useful
Does anyone have any examples of good resources they have used, with reasons for why they were useful? or an example of a really effective and enjoyable museum experience?
Posted 06 December 2006 - 11:40 AM
Generally, I've found the worksheets offered by museums pretty dull and un-interesting to students, and too generic to be of much use in the context of a particular curriculum.
Posted 06 December 2006 - 02:58 PM
Also National Coal Mining Museum supplies very detailed worksheets to accompany visits (maybe they are good because they were written by a teacher who knows what is needed to keep pupil occupied)
Posted 06 December 2006 - 03:58 PM
We passed feely bags around the room and each student had to describe the artefact in one word...then the class guessed the object. They then listed questions they wanted to know about the object.
Small groups of students then took bags to other classes and teachers and asked them to guess the objects in the bags. They then became the teacher explaining what and how the object was used.
Posted 07 December 2006 - 11:41 AM
Many museums do have professional Education Officers who would welcome the feedback and could help to tailor your visit or may ask for your help in designing a better worksheet or an alternative format of visit.They may also be able to direct you to other museums that have alternative collections of loans boxes, I know many museums here in the North East would certainly do that
Posted 14 December 2006 - 12:11 PM
I realise this is very difficult for many parts of history - but guest speakers with a passion and indepth knowledge of specific areas of history accompanied by atefacts has always been a winner for me.
The other great thing about this type of resource is the reduction in time, planning and often cost.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:00 PM
This approach to taking the kids to a museum keeps them interested and can be complemented by seeing simulations at the museum, experiencing replica clothing, or artifacts.
I think that anything that personalizes the experience and makes them realize that they are studying human history rather than the history of inanimate objects increases the power of the experience.
I love the idea of loan boxes and survivor/veteran/personal experience talks to the kids.
Oakland Mills High School
Columbia, MD, USA.
"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England." - Sir Winston Churchill
Posted 17 September 2007 - 02:06 PM
The North East Regional Museums Hub are starting a network for teachers of history and museum educators, giving them a chance to get together, discuss issues and enjoy interesting CPD. The first meeting takes place on Wednesday 26th September 4.30-6.30pm at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. We will be looking at the Remembering Slavery exhibition with members of the Learning Team, taking part in a handling session and there will be a talk from Dr Elizabeth O'Donnell looking at the free trade movement in the North East.
The Third annual History Teachers Conference is taking place at Bede's World Museum in Jarrow on Friday 23 November, our keynote speaker is Christine Counsell, there will be a session led by Ben Walsh and the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops.
If anyone would like more information on either of these events please contact me
Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:56 AM
Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:05 PM
so am I hope to speak to you in person.
I'm going to the network meeting and the History Conference at Bede's World.
"Had Churchill been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgement might well have concluded we were finished. - Anthony Storr
Posted 20 September 2007 - 01:42 PM
Posted 20 September 2007 - 02:24 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:26 AM
will be good to see you there, you will both be conference veterans!
Do we get a medal or something for attending three conferences????
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