I feel like I'm whining a lot recently about pushy or dumb visitors. However, I do feel gifted with prize specimens right now, and this one has bigger issues behind it.
All the information the teacher was confidently wrong about can be read on our website (on a single page thereof) and on the text panel by the door (which he was stood beside)
So Why hasn't he done his homework?
Click the read more link for a plea to educational staff, and some ideas to help with visits...
I know that the time available to educational staff is often very stretched, and off site visits can be nightmarish to co-ordinate and run in the lead up and on the day - but please set the example.
- Allocate some time, even if it's just to find out that there's masses of information and cherry pick a couple of facts.
- If it's too broad, out of your range, or out of your timescale, ask the venue for help - many sites have packs, or can provide a flyer or a few specific handy pointers, or even answer likely questions in advance.
- Cheat and tell the kids that they have to check the labels and signs for information BEFORE they ask you, as that then gives you time to skim read them too.
- If you don't know, find out rather than make it up. Be honest about opinion vs fact "I don't know for sure, but because of X, I think Y. What do you think?"
- The labels don't give the answer? Find some staff, or get the kids to make a list of questions that can be asked later, perhaps even emailed after the visit.