ERIC Number: EJ719876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Museum You Can Touch
Teaching Pre K-8, v36 n2 p40-43 Oct 2005
Walking into Keil Hileman's classroom at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, KS, is a visual feast for the eyes. There is a suit of armor, a 1796 Flintock Musket, a wood burning stove from 1907, a circa 1920 porcelain barber's chair, steamer trunks carried from far off lands, a butter churn, a 1930s wringer washing machine, chamber pots, Japanese lanterns, bows and arrows and even a player piano. As the school's Museum Connections teacher, and Kansas' 2004 Teacher of the Year, Keil Hileman has engaged his sixth, seventh and eighth graders in history by transforming every inch of his classroom into a museum with an ever-expanding collection of artifacts. Hileman defines "artifact" as anything that can be used to teach a lesson, and his hands-on approach to teaching has students itching to get into his classroom. There are no textbooks, no worksheets, and no written tests. Instead, the artifacts themselves are used as teaching tools in subjects ranging from slavery to Nazi Germany.
Descriptors: Museums, Middle Schools, History Instruction, Creative Teaching, Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Museums, Experiential Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas