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Finding Fun, Formative Field Trips

School field trips have a long history in American education; however, these valuable learning experiences seem to be in decline recently. What does it take to plan an effective field trip and how can teachers successfully tie them to classroom learning? Rather than giving up on the old-fashioned notion of the "field trip," let's consider how we can breathe new life and purpose into this educational tradition.
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Finding Fun, Formative Field Trips
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    What exactly goes into planning a field trip? How can you be sure you haven't missed any important steps when planning to take all of your students out for the day? Identifying location and detailing your logistics will give you the necessary confidence to tackle even the biggest adventure.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    Is there anything better than an awesome "WikiHow" tutorial? For those of you who may be new to the teaching game or just have never gotten up the nerve to plan a field trip, this step by step guide will show you absolutely everything you need to know. It might even be a fun thing to share with students while reminding them that field trips are great but also take work. You can lose with this awesome slide show guide.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    Once you understand the steps involved with field trip planning, the next move is to think about how students can stay engaged and how you, as the teacher, can set the stage for an educational experience. This smart article also addresses what to do after the field trip, which is often one of the best times to enrich learning through reflection and applying real-life experiences to classroom ideas. This can create a deeper, more meaningful experience for many students.
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    How Field Trips Boost Students' Lifelong Success

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Is it possible that the value of a field trip extends way beyond the actual day? We know that learning outside of the classroom creates great depth in the curriculum, but perhaps it also creates lasting memories and the chance for some students to experience things usually outside of their reality. These types of broad learning experiences can have lasting effects on young people and increase their appetite for education throughout life. Now, that's a good reason to have a field trip!
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    Field trips are not always easy to plan or execute. What are some of the drawbacks of taking a student outing? This piece will help you weigh the pros and the cons, illustrating the importance of understanding the inherent value and if it's appropriate for your class. While field trips can be delightful and educational, they can create unforeseen challenges. As a teacher, it's smart to know exactly what you are signing up for before making any decisions.
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    ascd.org

    Education Update:Help! I'm a New Principal:Making Your Field Trips More Meaningful

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    If you are going to do something, you might as well do it right. Especially as an educator, it's important to focus on quality rather than quantity. Similar to lesson plans, not all field trips are the same--some are going to offer considerably more meaning to students and give them the appropriate academic benefits. A museum is always a great choice, and in this article, you will see exactly how to measure the value in a trip by examining exactly how to get the most of a museum adventure.
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    educationnext.org

    The Educational Value of Field Trips - Education Next

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Similar to many areas of education, field trips are in decline. Is it because of budgets? Teacher apathy? Difficulty getting permission? Discover some of the real reasons why educators are losing the spirit of field trips and how it is affecting the students and their learning. Perhaps the consequences of giving up on this educational tradition are bigger than we think...
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    learnnc.org

    Planning a successful (and educational) field trip

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Most of the real work that goes into a field trip happens before you even leave the classroom. Planning a getaway with your students that ties in the curriculum and somehow enriches the classroom experience is key to a successful excursion. Here, you will find some great on how to make this work.
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