Author Archives: D.C. Enthusiast

Learning Through Play: A Flow Chart

Sometimes I’m asked how “just playing” can POSSIBLY lead to learning. Especially “real” things like reading or math. Well, allow me to show you. As a class we read “I Want to Be In A Scary Story” by Sean Taylor. … Continue reading

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“The Revolution Will Not Be Won Without Childcare”

Hot Brown Honey said it best, for things to really move forward…we need childcare. We need it affordable and accessible so people can go to work, and we need it at conferences and professional development opportunities so that one more … Continue reading

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Independent Museum Professionals Network

Are you a member of the American Alliance of Museums? Are you working as a consultant…freelancer…independent professional…contractor…holding-down-multiple-jobs-at-different-institutions? Well, we finally have a “home” just for you! The Independent Museum Professionals Network is brand new and  officially part of the Professional … Continue reading

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The Purple Bucket

I’m working on some research on how trauma effects children. It is easy to get caught up in the “big” traumas. Abuse, neglect, separation from family. In our adult eyes those are the ones that matter, while things like a … Continue reading

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Promoting Gun Safety: Sharing Knowledge of Child Development to Support Informed Decisions

Published in “Young Children” a journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children As I stir vegetables in a hot pan, I see my 2-year-old daughter about to pull on the handle of the cabinet under the … Continue reading

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They Aren’t Doing it Right

Exhibit designers and museum educators work very hard to create experiences. Everything that goes into an exhibit or a program is thought through to support the core theme and help learning take place. So, it is understandable that they get … Continue reading

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Can You Make Them Get Off Their Phones?

I had a chance to work with a stellar group of docents the other week. They are at a hands-on, play based, children’s museum and were brushing up on their skills for working with young children and their grown-ups Hands … Continue reading

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