Gearing Up for New Audiences


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Engaging young students, kindergarten through early elementary, in a history museum environment can be challenging and some museums choose to focus their field trip programs on older students. However, there is a demand for off-campus cultural enrichment from K-2 teachers and the use of interactive, hands-on, and standards-based programs have been proven effective in providing rewarding museum experiences for young learners. Panelists from the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Autry National Center, and teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District will present the case for K-2 standards-based, interpretive field trips and dialogue with the audience about the challenges and benefits of these programs.

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Gearing Up for New Audiences

  1. 1. GEARING UP FOR NEW AUDIENCES:PREPARING YOUR SITE, STAFF, AND VOLUNTEERS FOR K-2 FIELD TRIPS The Petersen Automotive Museum The Autry National Center Aspire Public Schools Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:00pm
  2. 2. Today we will…• Examine the challenges and rewards of implementing K-2 programming in our institutions• Hear first-hand from a K-2 teacher the desired experience and desired outcome from a Museum field trip• Collaborate with our peers, comparing what has worked and what has not in our respective institutions
  3. 3. The Petersen Automotive Museum• The mission of the Petersen Automotive Museum is to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture, using Los Angeles as the prime example.• Our History Petersen Streetscape
  4. 4. K-2: Why Now?Atlantic Richfield Gas Station, Petersen Streetscape 1911 American Underslung, Petersen Streetscape
  5. 5. Our Existing School Tour Audience • Approx. 150 students daily (Tuesday- Friday) • Over 50% are K-2Docent teaches 2nd graders about life in L.A. before paved roads at Stuck in the Mud. Car featured: 1911 American Underslung
  6. 6. Need for a Change1. Tour was too long2. Presentation was flat and very didactic3. Lacking a hands-on component Blacksmith Shop, 1901 Breer, Petersen Streetscape
  7. 7. Demand From Teachers:2011 School Tour Development Survey • Survey in spring 2011 • 150 teachers participated • Results confirmed what we already knew
  8. 8. School Tour Development Survey We asked…what is most rewarding about Museum field trips in general?“I think the most important part is engaging students through their prior knowledge and have hands on activities for all learning modalities.”“Hands on materials...being able to create and take back to school.”“I find the docents magnificent and would request that for the little ones, the tour is simplified. Students are excited about the cars and at times it is difficult to keep them quiet and listening during the docents tour.”“Having students engage in activities.”“When children are able to see, touch, and participate in activities, they are immersed in the process of learning and the experience is much more rewarding for them. And this type of learning is much easier transferred to long term memory and not quickly forgotten.”
  9. 9. K-2 Program Development• Change Tour Format – New shorter, inquiry-based, focused, and thematic tour format• Create a hands-on activity tied to tour Blacksmith Shop, 1901 Breer, Petersen Streetscape content
  10. 10. Implementation and Training• Teacher Advisory Committee• Pilot: July 2011• 5- step Intended Training Schedule 1. Shadowing 5 times 2. Begin to incorporate inquiry based touring in all tours 3. Take on the touring portion of the K-2 school tour 4. Begin trying parts of the activity portion of the K-2 school tour with staff guidance 5. Take over entire K-2 school tour Students making their “dream buildings”.• Challenges
  11. 11. Modification for 2012-2013 • Based on feedback from teachers and docents we: – Shortened the activity – Allowed for more time to see exhibits on theStudents above working on “magnetic streetscapes”, 2nd and 3rd floors the new activity for 2012-2013. – Changed the hands-on activity
  12. 12. Results From the Teachers:Across the board, we saw appreciation for the changes:“The changes that were made from last year was great. Thelength of the tour and [hands-on] workshop is perfect for 2 ndgraders.”“This was a wonderful trip! […] we were able to tie in ourcritical thinking skills, social studies standards, and ourreading units...”
  13. 13. The Future • Goal to develop and implement a diverse array of tour programs that fit the needs of various audiences. • OngoingClose up of “magnetic streetscapes” in development. modification/flexibility for K-2 programming
  14. 14. The Autry’s Mission StatementThe Autry brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West,connecting the past with the present toinspire our shared future.
  15. 15. Spirit of Opportunity Spirit of Romance Spirit of Community Current exhibits Spirit of ImaginationSpirit of Cowboy Katsina in Hopi life
  16. 16. Our Existing School Tour Audience LAUSD, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Montebello, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Oxnard, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Downey, home schools. 2011-12 school year: -40,000 K-12 students -5500 K-2 students
  17. 17. Demand for K-2 programHands-on activities in museum?Interactive tour for young visitors?Early Opportunities Program (1989)
  18. 18. Programs for K-2 today• Early Opportunities Program (docents)• Native EOP (docents)• Family Discovery Gallery• Cowboys• Animals of the West
  19. 19. Staff and Training• K-2 docent and teacher selection based on interest and previous experience• Programs written by docents/teachers• New EOP docents trained by the experienced docents• Training includes following tours, co- teaching and eventually independent teaching
  20. 20. K-2 tour components:
  21. 21. Current challenges• Tour length – too long?• English Language Learners• Amount of museum teachers• Gallery space
  22. 22. Future:• Meet with K-2 teachers• Develop new programs and improve old ones• Smaller group sizes for teacher tours?• Shorter tours?• Pre- and post visit lesson plans
  23. 23. Classroom Perspective• Grace Tran, founding teacher at Aspire Titan Academy, Huntington Park, CA – Planning Field Trips: Pros and cons from the K-2 perspective – Field Trip Experience: Before, during, and after. – Support from the Museum