This article was written for classroom teachers by museum educator John Hennigar Shuh. He gives several reasons for why teaching from objects is advantageous. Shuh suggests that the best way for teachers to begin to teach with objects in their classrooms is to start by looking at ordinary, everyday objects
We hoped families would use the crew cards throughout the exhibit and become invested enough in their crew card sailor to reference it throughout the exhibit.
Lynn McRainey, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Director of Education, and John Russick, Curator, explore the first steps taken by the Chicago History Museum in reaching out to a family audience and how the role of the senses and imagination informed that process. Plus, read more about their book, Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions, […]
There are multiple ways to convey a theme. Labels are a way to present information, but not the only way. Since our goal at the USS Constitution Museum was to encourage family learning through engagement, interaction and conversation, we tried to employ various techniques so that visitors with different learning styles could access information in different ways.
There’s a reason why reality shows are so popular! People care about other people and their experiences. Our exhibits, All Hands on Deck and A Sailor’s Life For Me?, set out to reinterpret Constitution by offering the human perspective. This interpretive strategy resonated with our family audience. By personalizing the story and telling it through […]