Educator Programs & Resources
The Noguchi Museum Teacher Think Tank
In the spirit of Isamu Noguchi’s commitment to collaboration and experimentation, The Noguchi Museum invites classroom and museum educators to participate in its fourth year of the Teacher Think Tank. The cohort meets five times during the school year to collectively discuss and research topics related to school and museum education. For the 2015-2016 year, the Teacher Think Tank will take the form of a collaborative laboratory where participants will research how we communicate non-verbally while we teach. Non-verbal communication can be a powerful form of expression in classrooms and museums through art, and through characteristics such as body language, facial expressions, gestures, or appearance. The focus of the year's meetings will be on documenting our experiments together as co-researchers, developing the research together as we reflect, and learning from each other through open dialogues. The Think Tank will begin with a day-long, in depth exploration of art at The Noguchi Museum, and proceeding meetings will take place at fellow Think Tankers institutions. The Noguchi Museum serves as a resource for participants’ research and teaching throughout the academic year.
For more information, meeting dates, and the application please click here.
Past Think Tank Topics:
In 2014-2015, the Think Tank focused on the following questions: What have you always wanted to try in your teaching practice? What does it mean to experiment? When is a risk worth taking? A compilation of experiments can be found here.
For the 2013-2014 year, the Think Tank explored the questions: What kind of philosophical questions do students pose and address with a work of art? When does inquiry with art become philosophical inquiry?
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Think Tank wondered, "What does success look like for a school tour at an art museum?" A report sharing advice for teachers and for museum educators can be found here.
Professional Development Programs
The Noguchi Museum is pleased to offer Professional Development Programs for educators.To book a program specifically designed for your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.204.7088 extension 203.
To find out more about pricing and program types please click here.
Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades
pre-K to 5.
Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades 5 and above.
Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation with a selections of images of Isamu Noguchi and the Museum.