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Saundra Wever Frerichs ([email protected]
Thu Mar 15 2001 - 09:57:00 EST
Next message: Scott Lane: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry"
I am an educator at a natural history museum. We have made a real
commitment to make our gallery programs (for school groups) inquiry
based. We have been working on creating new programs and have sent
staff members to the Exploratorium for training. We started this
workshop series last week and really enjoyed the first video. It
stimulated lots of good discussion for us. But we face a real challenge
in our programs because they are only 45 minutes long, and it is really
difficult to do an inquiry investigation with 20 to 30 students in that
time frame. It makes a huge difference whether students have done this
sort of investigation before and how much they have studied the topic.
Since these variables are both beyond our control we just try to be real
flexible with our expectations.
We would love to hear from teachers about how they would like to see
museums connect with their classrooms. How can we help build on your
efforts to create learning communities within your classroom? Our
museum develops in-house programs such as our gallery workshops as well
as outreach materials such as kits. Do you have any ideas you would
like to suggest about how museums like us could help you?
Saundra Wever Frerichs
University of Nebraska State Museum
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