Today I joined my colleagues at the Johnson Art Museum in preparation for a series of visits by our fifth graders. As we toured the galleries, we spent time with each piece we would be visiting. At first I was anxious to determine the exact conversations we would be leading with each of the groups so we could make sure to replicate the experience for all. With the help of the museum’s education director, I realized what was more important was creating space for the student observations and the thinking that would stem from that. Once I realized my job was to host the conversation, a world of unlimited possibilities sprung into my heart. Now I wait with baited breath for the first visit!
When can you create the opportunity to host a conversation?