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Lesson Plans

Training guide for teens

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J. Pease (jpease)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 17:59:22 -0800


How are the teen docents going to introduce the art? - will they be giving
background information or will they be trying to engage the visitor in some
kind of art-related dialogue? If they are giving background information, I
would make certain that they have that background in written form - when
you give them a walk-through of the exhibition, refer to the background
information so that you will in essence be modeling how you wish them to

If you expect them to engage the visitor in interactive dialogue, then I
would again model for them what you would like them to do. I would also
give them some questions related to the images that they can refer to when
preparing their own tour.

I would also suggest that you might ask them to tour one another for
practice. Touring one another will give them non-threatening practice. If
you hold a discussion group after their touring practice with one another,
all of you might learn what problems they might expect and discuss how to
overcome them.

Modeling is probably the best way to teach them how to tour. Practice
touring each other will give them the practice they need to gain
confidence. And discussion sessions will expose possible problems which
you and they can discuss and resolve before the problems come up in the
course of touring. Hopefully the above will help. I think it is a great

Jill Pease
Program Specialist
California Consortium for Arts Education
Sacramento Institute