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Museums as a Teaching Tool. How to plan your best self-guided visit ever!. Why Self-Guided?. Let’s take a journey….

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Museums as a teaching tool

Museums as a Teaching Tool

How to plan your best self-guided visit ever!



Let s take a journey
Let’s take a journey…

Imagine you are a third grader. Your teacher tells you that you will be taking a class trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You have been studying communities around the world and have recently been focusing on countries in Europe.


Let s take a journey1
Let’s take a journey…

Write 3 things you might see at the museum.



Step 1 for planning your best self guided visit ever
Step 1for planning your best self-guided visit ever!

  • Pre-visit your museum.

    • Go on a low-crowd day, if possible.

    • Take a notebook and a camera.

    • Look for pamphlets and children’s maps.

    • Take note of DON’Ts.

    • Map the path you will travel.


And the journey continues
And the journey continues…

Now, take on the role of the teacher. You found this set of artifacts in the room entitled “Art of Southern Italy” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


And the journey continues1
And the journey continues…

Turn and talk with the person sitting next to you:

What are 3 questions you might ask students as they view the artifacts?


Step 2 for planning your best self guided visit ever
Step 2for planning your best self-guided visit ever!

  • Prepare students for thinking.

    • Questions

    • Information “sound bites”

    • Bring maps, timelines, or other materials.


And on we go
And on we go…

Continue to be the teacher. You enter the room entitled “European Paintings.” You see this painting. You want to create an activity for students to do.


And on we go1
And on we go…

Turn and talk with the person sitting on the other side of you:

Design a quick activity for students to do while they view this painting.


Step 3 for planning your best self guided visit ever
Step 3for planning your best self-guided visit ever!

  • Create a Think-Sheet

    • Note-taking

    • Quick activities

    • Explorations


Finally
Finally…

You are a third grader again. You’ve been at the museum since 10:00. You are saying:


Step 4 for planning your best self guided visit ever
Step 4for planning your best self-guided visit ever!

  • Pacing!

    • Over-plan

    • Be ready to cut


Sum up the steps

Sum Up the Steps

Step 1: Pre-visit your museum.

Step 2: Prepare students for thinking.

Step 3: Create a Think-Sheet.

Step 4: Pacing!


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