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Lesson Plans

Re: About Museum Educators

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Thu, 16 Apr 1998 05:10:59 -0700 (PDT)

I am currently working as a museum educator at the Omaha
Children's Museum. Although we are an art/ science and
technology center, my duties are similar to those of an
educator in a museum with a collection. These include
developing discipline-based programming to educate
visitors in an informal learning setting, engaging
visitors in informal learning experiences while at the
museum, and going into schools and teaching outreach
lessons (which are basically discipline-based lessons
that any art teacher in a school may develop and teach).
The biggest way that I am finding that it differs from
teaching in a conventional classroom situation is that
you are challenged to write programming that may be
applicable to children from ages 2 to 12, and you never
know what age range might be visiting the museum on a
given day. It is a very rewarding job in that I am
learning so much from the research that I am required
to do, and it is always fascinating to watch a child
learn something new. One thing to consider is that a
museum educator, on average, is paid slightly less than
a classroom teacher. Good luck in your pursuits and if
any questions for me personally, feel free to contact me at
aimeepeters, or the Omaha Children's Museum at