Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Book Club: Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience: HME Meeting Monday February 26, 2013

Yesterday evening HME members met at the Duke of Wellington pub in Waterloo and discussed this year's book club selection, Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience by Rika Burnham and Elliott Kai-Kee.

Focusing on chapters surrounding touring, asking questions, and the efficacy of various teaching techniques, we found some interesting similarities between us:

-both art museum and history museum educators agreed that discussion and dialogue were techniques we tended to use with groups of visitors, especially formal ones
-conversational techniques, while very engaging and memorable, are techniques we had not utilized frequently, nor with large groups. This teaching style seems to be more appropriate to one-on-one, or very small, informal groups
-as museum-goers, we found that generally, participating/answering questions in a tour is not necessarily something we're looking for, nor expect

The discussion came around to generational distinctions, and how this book (like many others) is focused on attracting people with engagement and participation. This raised questions, such as:
-do most of our visitors expect this experience in a museum?
-do they want this experience?
-if this approach is indeed best for youth, how can a docent most effectively handle a multi-generational group visit?

If anyone has read the book, and would like to add their thoughts, please do comment on this post. 

Thanks again to everyone who attended; we're looking forward to the next meeting in March!      

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Call for Presentations: April 2013 PLC

The Hamilton Area Museum Educators (HME) invite you to present at our upcoming Peer Learning Circle (PLC)!

Environmentalism and Sustainability: 
How our sector is promoting green awareness
Date:  Monday, April 15, 2013, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location:  Ruthven Park National Historic Site, 243 Haldimand Hwy 54, Cayuga, ON

WE WANT TO KNOW what exciting and innovative ways your museum/gallery is promoting sustainability and green awareness.

Do you:
-run an environmentalism program?
-participate in an interesting partnership?
-integrate sustainability and green awareness in any way in your museum/gallery?

We invite you to share your approaches and ideas in a presentation that will engage others in conversation and offer learning in this informal peer learning environment.
We ask that presentations be a maximum of 15-20 minutes in length, followed by 10-15 minutes discussion period.  However, new approaches are welcome and creative presentations may be longer or shorter depending on what you want to share or get out of them.  All ideas related to the topic are welcome. Step up and share!

For more information about the HME PLC, please contact one of HME’s coordinators or visit our blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Friday, 1 February 2013

Presenter update: Paul Thistle

Here are three updates on the archaeological excavation simulation presentation from Paul Thistle at a PLC from 2011:

1) I have recently published an article on the subject:
2012 Archaeology Excavation Simulation: Correcting the Emphasis. Journal of Museum Education 37 (2): 65-76 [abstract here]

2) OMA now has mounted a video to accompany my PowerPoint "Archaeological Excavation Simulation: Shift the Emphasis Back to Reality" presented at the Ignite! session at the 2011 Annual Conference in Waterloo located here .

3) I have updated my Archaeology Excavation Simulation web site located here .

Thanks for keeping us in the loop Paul!