The Docent's Muse

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The Docent's Muse
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I'm passionate about partnering museums and schools and punctuating every field trip with "aha!"
 
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By The Docent's Muse
I've designed this packet for the teacher who is taking students through the galleries of an art museum. The print-and-go math activites are short and directly related to the art work. No paper or pencils required. I've also included pre-trip and
Subjects:
Other (Math), Arts, Art History
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
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It can be a challenge to take some students to an art museum, but the students who aren’t blessed with a social map can hardly be expected to behave like seasoned visitors. This packet will help you lay the groundwork for your museum trip and help
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Life Skills
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$5.00
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By The Docent's Muse
Use the movie ticket printables in this kit to issue your students intriguing questions that will be answered by the films they view. A printable personal student tally and other ideas are included for actively engaging your film audience. This work
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Movie Guides
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By The Docent's Muse
Welcome to my Bakery Math series! The kits are suitable for independent or small-team challenges or as stations for a large-scale Bakery Math event. This kit contains word problems related to the cream dog manipulatives that students paint in
Subjects:
Word Problems
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
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By The Docent's Muse
They are only 3-inch square cakes, but second-graders will use them in a big way to test their subtraction skills, challenge other classes or staff, and make new curriculum connections. This packet in my Bakery Math series can be used for
Subjects:
Arithmetic
Grades:
2nd
Types:
Activities, Math Centers
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By The Docent's Muse
Your students will trace, draw, copy, smell, and taste symmetry with these activities. They are suitable for independent, cooperative, and group work. Combined with other kits in my Bakery Math series, the activities could be used for a large-scale
Subjects:
Applied Math
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

In addition to my teaching experiences in the elementary classroom, I worked as the Curriculum Coordinator for a 21st CCLC afterschool program requiring academic connections. During this time I designed a year-long collaboration with a local historic house and a service learning project with the state's Wildlife Division of the Dept. of Environmental Protection. I'm currently an art museum docent and a member of the New England Museum Association.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I combine structure and innovation. My units touch as many learning styles as possible. When planning my docent tours for school groups, I do the same. There is so much that can be done before, during, and after a museum trip. Museums are happy to tailor a tour or allow a class to use a gallery for its own specific activity. I hope you find this site helpful in making your museum experiences powerful turning points for your class.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My greatest honors come to me now from former students. "I'm a writer now, and it's all because of you, " says a former 2nd grader; "You always told me to trust myself," a phlebotomist tells me, "Remember that Ikebana we did? My mother still has it on the mantle!" a former 6th-grader says. They come to me when I least expect them, a tap on the shoulder in the supermarket, or sitting in a restaurant, or at the bookstore. There is no better award and no finer venue!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Anthropology (emphasis in cultural anthropology) and elementary teaching certification. My view of a multicultural classroom went far beyond the rainbow and ratios of skin colors. I also taught adult English as a Second Language for a few years and while trying to make the world a better place the world changed me.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Teaching is like swimming. It never leaves you. I am in love with museum education and my new world of art. Most of my tours are for elementary schools in search of common core connections. Now I compare the colors used by an artist to the words of an author. Ultimately nothing has changed. You and I, now, then, and always, are looking for that "aha" on the face of a child that says "Oh, yeah!"

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