Teacher Responses

The following are examples of feedback provided by teachers from the 2012-13 school year:

What were the strengths of the program?

"The science program tied in perfectly with our science curriculum!"
-Austin Intermediate, Lakeville, MA

"We enjoyed all the hands-on activities. The docents were wonderful and full of knowledge."
-Quashnet School, Mashpee, MA

"Many hands on opportunities. Great tour guide. Interesting information shared with the students."
-Freetown Elementary School, Freetown, MA

"The people! Brian, Melanie and Barbara were very welcoming and informative. I didn't ever feel like we were 'one more school group.'"
-Inly School, Scituate, MA

"The abundance and variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities is a major asset. Our students were very engaged and learned a great deal as a result. The majority of the staff was very helpful, knowledgeable, and welcoming to our students as well."
-Philbrick Elementary School, Roslindale, MA

"Exhibits, skeletons (sperm whale exhibit is exceptional), Lagoda, scrimshaw, Azores map, examples of fishing gear, sound station... I have been to many whaling museums, and this is by far the best. I want to work here when I retire."
-Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA
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"Staff were very friendly and very knowledgeable. The children loved it!"
-Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

"I think the information and pace is age-appropriate. I am always impressed every year with the improvements to the museum & program."
-Edgartown School, Matha's Vineyard, MA

"It was interactive and very informative! The students were able to stay engaged throughout the tour. Learning about whaling was exciting for the kids. They learned A LOT!"
-Milton Academy, Milton, MA

"Brian was very helpful in scheduling/rescheduling our visit and in arranging a tour with the NPS people - it made the journey worthwhile to do both! Also, the space is gorgeous and the maps are great!"
-Hopkins School, New Haven, CT

"Ability to touch/feel/smell the objects & artifacts; ability of the docents to connect stories at a personal level. A perfect match for my social studies curriculum."
-Frank Ashley Day Middle School, Newton, MA

"Loved the 'mapping' activity - our docent Ms. Fernandes was excellent! We used the online educational materials prior to our visit - they were great."
-H.H. Richardson Elementary School, Easton, MA

"Docent (Debby Flynn) knew how to handle kids, found artifacts that really appealed to variety of kids' interests, and program allowed movement. Thank you, Debby, for a great tour!"
-Quinn Elementary School, Dartmouth, MA

"Organization, relevance to curriculum, flexibility of groupings, guided tours, docent's knowledge on the topic."
-H.H. Richardson Elementary School, Easton, MA

"Thank you for accommodating us both with our schedule and our oceans curriculum. You went out of your way to make it successful for our school and we appreciate it. Also, the small groups each with a tour guide made it very accessible for students - they learned a lot!"
-Primrose Hill School, Barrington, RI

"Students loved the science component. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and he kept the students engaged. The remake and programs are exceptional. Students want to go back. They were well behaved for a busy day."
-Decas Elementary School, Wareham, MA

"The museum artifacts and facility are exceptional. The film is a super introduction and the guide (Donna Junier) was terrific."
-Tisbury School, Martha's Vineyard, MA

"Short segments that held students' attention; modified information & activities to students' level (we are a special education class, so I really appreciated this!).
-Gomes Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

"Our docent (Brian) was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and patient. He engaged the students and our tour was very interactive. Keep doing what you're doing!"
-West Morris Central High School, Chester, NJ

"Our guide was excellent, small groups really helped. The students were very engaged - not one asked to go to the bathroom during the tour - that is amazing! It was great to allow the students to touch some of the artifacts!"
-Decas Elementary School, Wareham, MA

 


Out of 105 evaluation forms returned, the school programs received the following scores:

  • Relevance to curriculum standards: 97.62%
  • Overall quality of programs: 90.95%
  • Likelihood of exposing another group of students to programs: 98.81%

Thank you for another great year!