Practical activity started in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History as teachers took part in an object icebreaker which was like a speed dating event! Museum Education Officers wowed and wooed teachers with objects from their collections, showcasing how objects can be used to stimulate questioning and analytical skills. As teachers moved round handling stations they handled a diverse range of objects from Chinese tea bricks used as currency to fossilised dinosaur poo.
Teachers visited three different venues, experiencing sessions that might be delivered to their chosen age groups at the Natural History Museum, the Pitt Rivers and The Ashmolean. They also visited the Museum of the History of Science.
|Secondary School teachers investigate objects at the Pitt Rivers © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Primary School teachers ask questions at the Pitt Rivers © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Exploring Objects in the History Detective Session © Pitt Rivers Museum|
It was an exciting and positive experience, and as one teacher wrote in an e-mail to Tom that evening:
"Completely pooped with loads still to do this evening - including prepping for another lesson observation tomorrow and feeding my hungry children! Just had to take a moment however to say what a totally fantastic day I've had today. Hugely valuable experience.
Museum team were just brilliant with heaps of practical tips not just for visits but lovely creative learning opportunities that could be transferred to the classroom. Brain is buzzing and (physical exhaustion aside) feeling quite re-energised".
If you are interested in organising a teacher training event at the Pitt Rivers Museum, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary School Education Officer