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1. Drop the phrase "field trip," Instead, consider the art museum as an
extension of the classroom and promote it as such. It is much easier to
justify a museum visit that is correlated or integrated to art and classroom
learning than it is to justify a field trip. The idea of "field trip"
apparently carries an air of frivolity with it.
2. If you have site-based decision making teams at your school, consider
asking a museum educator to serve. I currently serve on a site-based team in
a Fort Worth elementary school along with a museum educator from a Fort Worth
museum. The strides we have made in implementing an art-based curriculum in
that school are amazing. One of the best results I have noted is that
teachers frequently call upon the museum educator to plan for integration of
museum visits into regular studies. Students at this school now take
multiple visits to the museum every year. Kids don't just go to the museum,
they are prepared to visit. Once there they hold sustained discussions in
front of selected works and they have specific learning objectives to address
(e.g., narrative writing activities) in the galleries. The teachers and
principal are pleased with having a museum educator on their team. More
significantly, these people are now proponents of art across the curriculum.
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