Reflections of our museum visit
In “Talking Their Way into Science”, Karen Gallas (1995) explains that young children must be allowed to construct their knowledge about science by imagining possible worlds and then inventing, criticizing, and modifying those worlds as they participate in hands-on exploration.
Children need to develop possible theories about their questions and then proceed to investigate these theories.
The classroom environment is not always conducive to the “mile wide and inch deep” theory of instruction.
Our visit to the Franklin Institute was a wonderful extension of our water unit. Upon learning that we could use the museum to further our investigations, we took advantage of the “free admission” for teachers and came to map out and pinpoint three crucial areas for inquiry.
The Franklin Institute’s staff was extremely welcoming and
helpful. We were encouraged to bring in items to modify our chosen exhibits.
After planning and implementation of our water unit our day for the visit arrived.
Highlights of our visit were…
v Solid and meaningful inquiry experiences
v Parents took an active role (parents reported a comfort level which built a better teacher/parent learning partnership)
v A sense of community between teachers and museum coordinators
v Museum has an education department for resources
v Children’s behavior was paramount (especially compared to groups without a specific focus)
v Enabled us to build and extend our coherent unit
v Met National Science Standards
We would like to express our gratitude to the Franklin Institute for their wealth of knowledge. Their support has changed our approach to filed trips and will continue to make them purposeful and meaningful in the future.
We thank our administration for their support.
Patti DiLeo firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Jennison email@example.com
Robin Schaffer firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is different than any other museum visit we’ve been on.”
“We really had fun and learned so much!”
“Team work was extraordinary.”
“Is it time to go already?”
“It was a well planned and executed.”
“They especially enjoyed the inquiry experiences where they could actually make something happen.”
“It was very interesting to see the wheels turning in their heads and knowing what they wanted to do and making it happen.”
“The children worked cooperatively with each other.”
GETTING YOUR FEET WET… An Introduction
The Museum Visit
STAYING AFLOAT .. Helpful Hints