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Lesson Plans

Docent Training

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Kimberly Anne Herbert (kimberly)
Fri, 1 Oct 1999 16:39:55 -0500

My boss is going to organize a new docent training class. I asked if we
could have some child development experts from the school district ,
Education Service Center Region XV, and/or the local university come and
teach the docents about how children learn. The reason is when we first
opened the Children's Art Museum, I saw docents, who were train for the Fine
Art's Museum, get very frustrated with the kids at CAM. They would complain
about the kids behavior, when they were just acting their age and being a
little silly. The docents expected young elementary students to be able to
do things that they were not ready to do yet. When a child kept turning the
scissors upside down (thumb in the finger hole, fingers in the thumb hold),
they did not show the child the way the scissors work better, find out from
the teacher if the child was left handed, or let the child just tear the
paper. Instead, some would act like the child was trying to be difficult.
Other's simply didn't have the strategies or knowledge to deal with
elementary and early childhood students. My boss likes the idea. Now I need
to make a list of things I want the docents to understand about children
from tot's to HS. I have a good list for early childhood and elementary. I'm
hoping that our consultants will have activities that will help the docents
understand the children's point of view, but I want to have some examples
for our planning meetings to show my boss.

If you have ideas about things we should teach, or activities to help the
docents understand, I would love to hear them.

Kimberly Herbert
CAM Administrator
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/ Children's Art Museum