|Educational excursions: Learning outside the classroomNo matter a student’s age, field trips are an effective supplement to traditional in-class lessons and activities. You’ve heard it before: Doing is learning!|
Sometimes though, you likely wonder how to take the field trip to the next level, how to make it a true “educational excursion”? We understand that with budgets constricting, schedules tightening and a heightened need to show results, fieldtrips can seem more like a chore and less like an opportunity. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips to make the most out of your budget, while still delivering many benefits to all types of learners.
Making it worthwhile
Then, during the trip, keep everyone connected and communicating with frequent check-ins for younger students, or a Twitter feed on mobile phones for older, more tech-savvy audiences. Also consider providing disposable cameras for students to catalog the trip and develop presentations from afterward.
Only a store away
The possible combinations are endless: a college-level botany class may benefit from visiting a local flower shop, whereas an elementary class could reap the rewards of learning about pet care at the nearby Petco®. Just put on your thinking cap and get creative!
Regardless of your destination though, remember to:
The web’s wide world
Take it one step further and have students create a virtual tour of their own community or their favorite spots. Then consider pairing up with another school across the country or globe and swapping tours with one another! It will be yet another way to engage students and encourage learning.
By planning an effective fieldtrip, you’ll increase student interest and willingness to learn. Now you know that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do so! Just make sure the right activities are in place for all learners, and you’ll be well on your way to educational excursion success—at any location.
(1) Miller, Bonnie. “Reading, Writing, Retailing: Field Trips Flock to Stores.” Commercial Alert. 2 Feb. 2004. Chicago Tribune. 7 Jan. 2009
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