Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Museum Teacher

It's been a long time.  I've been busy with school, and I know everyone understands what that's like.  I finished both finals for the semester yesterday. (yay!)  I still have projects and the comprehensive exam and work, but now I'm down to only one more semester in my academic career.  That fact is both exciting and a little terrifying.  I'm ready to be done, but I'm scared about how competitive this field is and how bad the economy is.  I know we're all in the same boat.  Sigh.

Anyway, one thing I really have enjoyed this semester is my job which happily continues through the school year.  I work at the National Building Museum as a museum teacher.

The National Building Museum looks like this:

How lucky am I that I get to work in a building that looks like this?  Very lucky. That's the answer.

I teach school groups, special events like home-school day, and birthday parties on the weekend.  Let's get this straight:  this job is really hard.  It's scary to get up in front of a group of kids, teachers, and parents you've never met and keep their attention and teach them something.  I'm not always very good at it.  I forget classroom management techniques.  I get nervous.  But I love it because it's hard.  And because it's fun.  And because it helps a new generation feel that museums aren't intimidating.  

I hope once I graduate I get to keep teaching in a cool historic place.  


  1. This makes me DOUBLY SUSPICIOUS. You are just rubbing it in. I'm wise to your tricks.

    Also, that building looks so beautiful!! I've never been to the National Building Museum, clearly it should go on my agenda for my next DC visit!

  2. You totally, should. It's a pretty neat concept for a museum, and it's really well run, as far as I've seen so far. Worth supporting.