The cost of field trips can be prohibitive. Try our ideas for free "field trips": from virtual visits to faraway places to a stroll through your school cafeteria, we have plenty of ideas to keep your students engaged in learning. New teachers and those in less-funded districts will find this resource particularly valuable.
Various teachers share their awesome and unique field trip ideas. Read their suggestions and implement them in your own class or use them as inspiration for planning a 'think outside the box' field trip that your students will remember forever.
We all want to keep our students safe while they are in our care. Having students out on a field trip presents some new challenges in your quest to keep them safe. Watch this short, two minute video with some useful ideas for ensuring student safety.
One teacher shares her not-so-great first experience with a field trip and the tips she has since developed. Read and learn from a colleague about how to make your field trip a wonderful one. I certainly can relate to the tip "count all day." You'll spend time throughout the day keeping a tally of students but for safety reasons this is very important.
This article provides ideas for field trip locations, specifically geared towards preshool or Kindergarten-aged students but applicable for any Early Years class. The simple ideas such as the local library or fire station are fantastic. Choosing a destination that is a short walk away can simplify the process, cut costs, and give your students a little exercise and a chance to see the world around them. Also check out the field trip ideas that can come to you and the field trip questions!
Preparation is key and this article outlines why and what you can do to make sure you are as prepared as possible. The unexpected can always occur but the amount of unexpected issues can be greatly reduced by prepping well. I like the suggestion that teachers should be very clear about expectations of chaperones. If you also prepare them well they can be great assets on your trip.
BloomBoard Asks:What is your best tip for ensuring students get along for the most part? Even later in the year it is possible to turn things around and create more of a positive climate in your class!