Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Shannon Baldioli

Shannon Baldioli coordinates the National Air and Space Museum Education Department’s teacher professional development efforts. She is a former classroom teacher who transitioned to museum education after teaching in northeast Ohio. She is passionate about object-based learning, empowering teachers and students, and making programs and exhibitions accessible to all audiences. 

The Case for Training Teachers in Object-Based Learning

Object-based learning is a pedagogical approach core to many museum experiences, inspiring close observation and deep critical thinking. An educator from the National Air and Space Museum shares how teachers can transfer these ideas to their own classrooms.