Chaptour Guides: Expanding the Museum Experience Through Teen Engagement

This post was written by Olivia Wisnewski, Education Intern for Summer 2018. As anyone who has ever parented, taught or spoken to a teenager can tell you, teenagers can be difficult. From the snarky kid at the grocery checkout to the herd of teens glued to their phones on the sidewalk, it’s easy to see why some people dread social situations with unknown teenagers. But what if we could turn that notion more »

I See Wonder: Guiding Inquiry and Expanding Access

This post was written by Victoria Cunningham, summer intern in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Education office. This summer I had the pleasure of working on a team of interns under the direction of Education Specialist Sara Cardello to further expand the I See Wonder collection for the Smithsonian Libraries. I See Wonder is an excellent tool for teachers of all grades to help further extend students’ natural curiosity of the world. Children and more »

Enhancing “I See Wonder”

This post was written by Amy Skipper, summer intern in the Smithsonian Libraries Education department. What do you see? What do you wonder? These are the questions students are given for each image in the I See Wonder (ISW) collections, an online resource tool geared toward use by teachers and students to encourage curiosity, foster imagination and analytical skills, and incite discussion in the classroom. During my eight-week internship with the Smithsonian more »

2018 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award

The Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards grants funding for teachers and educators to come to Washington, DC and explore the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries.  The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators who are developing educational materials.  

Help us discover #WhereDidWonderGo?

I See Wonder is a resource designed for educators that provides a wonderful way to spark inquiry, analysis, and discussion. By visually exploring our images, you can bring the Smithsonian Libraries collections into your classroom. Use I See Wonder as a morning exercise, a way to introduce a new topic, or to discover your students’ interests. Share what you See.  Awaken your Wonder. All through February start your journey and help us find our missing mascot, WONDER.  Jump into the scavenger more »

Education Intern finds opportunity to See and Wonder

This post was written by Rachel Fletcher, education intern during the summer of 2016. During my six-week internship at the Smithsonian Libraries, I attained a deeper understanding of librarianship and a greater appreciation for the Smithsonian Institution. I am a special education teacher working in northern Virginia. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education in 2011, and, just this past summer, I obtained my Library & Information Sciences more »

Newcomb Pottery – An Educational Experiment for Women Artists

I’ve been a fan of Newcomb pottery since I first saw an example on the Antiques Roadshow more than a decade ago. Currently I have the opportunity to see Newcomb pottery every day — three pieces are featured in an art pottery and glass exhibit at the National Museum of American History, the building where I work. Simple forms, lovely colors and nature motifs make Newcomb pottery very appealing and highly collectible. But there’s more »

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