Results of the poll that I posted last month are below. As you can see, they are rather inconclusive (interesting nonetheless!).
Note: The following responses were entered as ‘other’:
- Inspiring staff, chance to share experiences and stories, bringing subject matter to the real world/ life connections, gaining empathy, enquiry and new experiences, creativity, museums aim to be fun, welcoming and enjoyed by all
- To show them that the museum can be for them, and have something to offer them.
- A comment that I’ve had from teachers is about relative sizes of things. e.g. how a sparrow is smaller than a crow – not obvious from watching a film or even from observing live birds as they move about & are at a distance.
- It’s a good way to build relationships with students in a different environment.
- Bringing the past to life – cliché but true. A shop with items from 50p upwards. What they choose might make them think about a return family visit.
- Artefacts visually bring to life the learning & can introduce/ demonstrate so much more than a terms worth of lessons (I’m specifically thinking of Ancient Egypt & the British Museum).
- Knowledge that the teachers don’t have or can obtain easily.
- I work in an area of high unemployment and the chances of our children visiting a real museum without us taking them are quite slim so sometimes we try to find one that compliments our learning.
- I take students to the museum which reflect aspects of our specification at A level. – Dinosaurs/strat/local geology etc. Also primary children for the wow factor
- Handling real objects. Learning in a way that cannot be achieved in the classroom.
However, and as the responses to the ‘What is your role?’ question illustrate, only 7 teachers participated in the poll.
This is not surprising, particularly considering my rather unscientific approach and the limited period over which the poll was open! I do intend to recirculate this poll again (or some version thereof) but I would really appreciate any suggestions regarding the matter of targeting teachers.