A collaborative approach to engaging children in the heritage sector part 1
London Museum School:A Collaborative Approach to EngagingChildren in the Heritage Sector - Part 1 By PresenterMedia.com
London Museum School…• “…provideselementary students with a valuable week of learning and discovery.”• “…allowsteachers to move their classroom to a museum setting for a full week of curriculum- based experiential learning.”• “…allow[s]students to slow down, observe, reflect and make connections to the world beyond the classroom.”
Teacher Led Time• Teachers work in partnership with museum educators• The week-long schedule of activities consists of both museum-led programs and teacher-planned activities and instructional time.
Campus Calgary/ Open Minds Program• Is the basis for the London Museum School program Campus Calgary Petro-Canada Bird School Canada Olympic Park School City Hall School“The Open Minds concept began as an University School Week experiment when a Grade Three class Stampede School Talisman Centre School came to the Calgary Zoo every day for a Aero Space Museum School week in 1993.”- Implementing the Open Minds Education Concept in Your Community – a guide Chevron Open Minds Zoo School Glenbow Museum School• Museum School has been running in Science Centre School Calgary since 1995 Cross Conservation School
Museum Schools Can now be found in:• British Columbia• Michigan• Singapore• London, Ontario
London Museum School Partners• The Canadian • Museum of Ontario Medical Hall of Fame Archaeology• Fanshawe Pioneer • Woodstock Museum Village National Historic Site• London Regional • Thames Valley District Children’s Museum School Board• Museum London • London District Catholic School Board
Journaling Journals are used...to write and sketch what is personally interesting to the studentto note observationsto imagine and wonderto connect new information with prior knowledgeto provide entry points for discussion and sharingJournaling provides students with the opportunity toengage in their own learning and have the opportunity toclarify and reflect upon their thinking and experiences.
•Looking At Objects• Describe the object.....PHYSICAL FEATURES• What colour is it? What is it made of? Is the object complete? Has it been mended or changed? Is it worn? Would it make a sound?• How was it made ... CONSTRUCTION• Was it hand-made or machine made? Is it made from several pieces? If so, how has it been put together?• Is it well designed ... DESIGN• Does it do the job it was intended for well? Were the best materials used? Is it decorated? If so, how is it?
Students participate in a variety of activities• London Children’s • Canadian Medical Hall • Fanshawe Pioneer Museum of Fame Village• Science experiments • Guest Speakers. • Traditional games, drama, and group work
Benefits of Museum School From London Museum School ReportAfter completing Museum School:• 62% of students showed an increase in their understanding and appreciation of museums• 18% more students were meeting or exceeding grade level expectations according to the Ontario Curriculum document after their Museum School experience• Student assignments consistently showed an increased enthusiasm and understanding of the museum role in connecting learning to our community• In addition to the students gaining knowledge, 80% of the adults who accompanied the class indicated that their knowledge of what museums have to offer had increased
2010/2011 School Year • 726 elementary students• 169 educators & volunteers
Funding Museum SchoolThe 2010/2011 school 2010 LMS Funding Sourcesyear was generously Corporate Government Communitysupported by 9 groupsand 5 individuals. Theirinvestment contributed to 25 29an increased enthusiasmfor learning amongstudents and an enhanced 46awareness of the museumsector in our community.
Assessment & Evaluation We have used various methods of assessment trying to find the most useful: Today we are using: Teacher program evaluations Volunteer program evaluations Student before/after persuasive assignments
How to set up your own Museum SchoolYou Will Need... SITES PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR SCHOOLS/TEACHERS
Students experiencing life inside alonghouse at the Museum of Ontario Students at the Canadian MedicalArchaeology Hall of Fame
“Learning is more interesting whentaken outside the classroom, likeMuseum School. Museum Schoolwas an opportunity of alifetime, and I am grateful to havebeen part of this amazingexperience.” - (Grade 7/8 Student, St. Joseph’s Catholic School)