I wouldn't need a job in any field if I had a dollar for for everytime I heard this (from my own child even).Originally Posted by Nemeses;2707731;
We have a great program at the museum and we have had a family donate a trunk that belonged to one of their family members. It has EVERYthing and I do mean EVERYTHING that was issued to a soldier in WWI. Except his gun and boots. We have his pack, cartridge belt, mess kit, gas mask, literaly just EVERYTHING. So having great visual aids helps. Today after 6 classes the program director at the museum asked the kids what was their favorite part and they said "the classroom", she ran up the stairs to tell me. I was thrilled to hear it. I really get the kids involved and we let them actually touch stuff, wear the helmet, put on the trench coat, etc. They are so eager to answer questions and ask others. I do admit I am rather unorthadox. I get in the room with the kids and don't stand at the head, I go to all the tables and so now they call what I do "performance art".
I just get so excited and I love it so much, that I think the kids catch the fever. Not trying to toot my won horn, but I have observed the intern doing the classroom session and the kids are fidgeting, bored, whispering to each other within 5 mn. of her lesson. I'm loud, boisterous and I don't mind the kids shouting out stuff when I ask it. I just have a great time with them and I hope it inspires them to learn more.
Anyway, thanks for the standing O. I've really loved history all my life and I'm loving being a part of the museum experience and the kids are the best part of it. Besides, where else can I put on a gas mask, helmet and pack and walk around looking like an idiot in front of 11 year olds. I mean, really, no where else will you see THAT!
It just blows me away what the kids already know. I get questions that stun me as most adults don't know some of this stuff.
As for National Treasure (yeah, better mention that), I do think it might spark some interest in history. There are a lot of great true stories, but not many that involve vast amounts of treasure, so in that regard, if people go looking through history because of a treasure hunt, they will be disappointed, but if you look at history as the treasure hunt and the great stories and stuff you find as the treasure, then that is the REAL National Treasure.