Session 7: Objects in Teaching

This session is one of four Apply and Refine sessions, which can be done in any order. In this session, participants examine the use of objects in learning experiences in informal environments, and think about the role of the objects in conversations and interactions. Participants explore how different types of objects that are commonly found in informal environments can be used to support learning. They are challenged to use the “Characteristics of Exemplar Activities and Facilitation” they have been developing in class, and then create and implement an activity or program to teach one idea using four types of objects. This activity provides them with a common experience to think about and compare the talking and doing that may occur with different types of objects.