Education Majors Balance Work and Play

Published: Oct 17, 2011
Playologists facilitate play by blending education with fun.
Playologists facilitate play by blending education with fun.
Working as a Glazer Children’s Museum playologist is as fun as it sounds for UT education majors.

Playologists facilitate play by blending education with fun. The part-time work serves two purposes: to provide some income for the students and to give them hands-on experience using what they are learning in the classroom.

UT students also volunteer at special events, like the once-a-month Sunshine Sundays, a day when the museum opens on Sunday mornings with reduced noise and lights for children with disabilities.

“Volunteering at the museum allows pre-service teachers to ‘practice’ the effective strategies they learn in their courses,” said Tammy Schimmel, an assistant professor of education, whose students volunteer at the museum. “The museum environment lends itself to creative instruction as opposed to the classroom setting which is more structured.”