Field Trip Tips
Survivial is KEY!
Welcome to field trip survival 101! This course will tell you all you need (or CAN) know about going on field trips BEFORE you step out with a class full of children! This course seeks to supplement teacher education programs that (seriously) NEVER discuss the issue.
Field Trip Survival 101 will teach you:
- Prepare for a field trip
- Keep a class of children safe during a field trip
- Keep a class of children, with at least 75% accuracy, happy (and learning, with at least 70% accuracy) during a field trip
- Tie teaching points to field trip with 100% accuracy
Preparing for a field trip
Preparation is crucial!!!
- Find a kid friendly developmentally appropriate location/show that ties into your curriculum.
- Get the trip confirmed by an administrator.
- Call and reserve the trip location at least a month in advance (this may need to be done sooner depending on your school).
- Call to confirm trip at least a week in advance! Also, find out about whether there is a special implication for a bus.
- Confirm transportation at least 2 weeks in advance and check again about a week before!
- Watch weather report carefully as the big day approaches. If weather is bad, call to find out if the location will still be open and if your school is still open to the trip.
- See if a parent would like to volunteer to attend
- Talk to an educational advisor at the location and/or visit yourself and plan teaching points.
- Plan a follow up activity that wraps us the trip and allows the children to reflect on what they have seen/learned and/or tie trip to on going learning in the class.
- Gather all forms necessary for the trip at least a week before the trip.
- Pack an emergency/first aid bag at least a day in advance.
- The day of the trip, gather everything that must go with you including:
- your cell phone
- emergency forms (if necessary)
- the address of the trip
- emergency bag
- notes for teaching (if necessary)
- any other items that you will need, the school requires or the students might find useful
- Take attendance that morning and take an extra sheet with you that has the names of all present students
- Do a head count before you leave, while on the trip and before getting back on the bus.
- Think about what makes sense: some trips (and kids) work well with buddies; some do not. Find out what works best for your trip and kids. Introduce it that morning and stick to it during the trip.
- My philosophy: The input of the kids is important. Have them think about what they need to do to keep themselves and their classmates’ safe on the trip.
Keeping Kids Happy
You can’t please them all, but you know them better then any docent or other new adult might. If kids are getting restless, adjust as needed.
Back to School
Time to be free!
Kids need time to unwind! Please try to give some free time in the form of recess or choice time when you return! It will be good for all of you!
Remember that great lesson you planned?
Now is the time to reflect about the trip and/or tie the trip into ongoing learning. If not today, tomorrow morning!
Finally, always remember, we do the best we can and students will be enriched and refreshed by the experience of taking their learning on the road!