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School Field Trips
A school field trip can best be defined as a living laboratory in
which learning is obtained through active practical experience with
the rich resources of the local community.
School trips to the education and personal development of young people are very important in the current educational scenario. But these tours entail a major amount of planning and attention, and an acquaintance with the laws and regulations that govern such activities.
Field Trip is the perfect way to immerse students in learning and to enrich the curriculum. When deciding to plan a school field trip, take consideration about cost, weather, transportation, time of year and location.
Field trips enable teachers to expand children's learning beyond the walls of the classroom into the vast community outside. They offer children with experiences that cannot be duplicated in the school but are on the other hand an integral part of school instruction.
Field trips occupy prominent position in the school life of a student. They help to improve knowledge and understanding of a subject. Above all they add realism to the topic of study and offer an opportunity to develop and enhance a child's socialization and citizenship skills.
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We are very concerned about the safety, education and fun that young students will remember and cherish for the rest of their lives. We have well researched quality curriculum focused tour venues and locations.
About Home school field trip
Home school field trips are different. Often they are planned by the parents, or jointly planned by the students and parents. These trips are more inclined to meet the individual interest of the students. The problem comes with deciding just what field trip opportunities are available to a home-schooled student. This problem is easily solved with a little thought. There are numerous field trip opportunities available to high school home schoolers. There are those that are considered traditional such as trip to a museum, an art gallery, an amusement park or even a visit to a college campus. There are also volunteer –related field trips such as visiting a nursing home, or hospital.
There are many wonderful extended theme camps all across the country available to home schoolers.
Preparations for a field trip
Every school field trip should be preceded by good planning and care attention. The spot selection, pre visit preparation, the trip itself, proper follow up and assessment will ensure that the children will have a successful educational experience. Fieldtrips can successfully be conducted by consulting with their school administrator regarding school board policies and follow those recommended procedures First identify the rationale, objectives behind the field trip and select the spot to be visited.
How to manage school field trips- practical tips
The students are often excited and may think like the school field trip is an extended alcove playtime. So they need to be reminded that they are still in school and should observe discipline here. To impose certain desirable restrictions on students the field trip can be wholly teacher-led typically with the assistance of parent volunteers. A staff from the host location is advantageous as a guide and leader to explore new pastures. Shared leadership will often help to tackle unexpected issues in a school field trip.
It is very important that there should be clear communication among leaders. At a time students only have to be paying attention to one leader. Decisions on the roles and duties of teachers and parent volunteers are taken before the trip. If there are no specific directions about the roles and responsibilities, it is generally best to take care of entire group rather than taking heed of a small group of pupils. On the other hand if you have the charge of a small group, it is your responsibility to make sure they stay with you all the time, and they follow all set of laws of host spot set out.
And students are taught “dos and don'ts” clearly before the venture itself and special care should be taken on naughty guys and frequently ask them to follow rules and regulations of the school field trip.
Younger children tend to need more assistance and supervision than older kids. Try to enjoy yourself because children will enjoy only if they see you enjoying. Do not put your hands on or raise your voice to any child.
It is usually noticed that most of the students have tendency to walk ahead of their leader. This should not be allowed on any grounds. The best way to take a class on a walk is to make sure that no one goes ahead of the leader, and one or more at the end of the line to take care the end.
Chaperoning a school field trip can be amusing and rewarding. It gives pleasure watching young kids as they learn and explore museums, zoos or other environments that are outside the school. Your field trip will include: contests, free prizes, loads of sliding, basketball, volleyball, concessions etc.
With proper preparations, the school authority can reduce the impact of the health problems that may onslaught children during the trip. Children who are regular patients for a particular disease should be identified and special care should be taken on them. Parents can alert the leaders of the trip about their child's health problems in various circumstances and climates. It is very helpful to have the school nurse, health aide teacher and physical education teacher in the school field trip.
Field trips need to be chosen carefully, no child should be excluded from a trip due to risk of any sick exposure. The school nurse should be responsible for the student with life-threatening illness.
Whenever students travel on field trips, the name and phone number of the nearest hospital should be part of the chaperone's emergency plan. In the absence of accompanying parents or a registered nurse, another person must be trained and assigned the task of watching out for the student's welfare and handling emergency case.
Food that may be allergy-related should be avoided on field trips. It should be packaged appropriately to avoid cross-contamination and provided with hand wipes per meal for cleaning hands before and after meals.
Field Trips and Safety Measures
Most parents sign the consent form without knowing very much about the safety measures to be taken by the trip organizers. Thousands of injuries and even deaths happen every year on school outings. Not only the children but also the leaders and volunteers were victims in fatal incidents. Parents may ask several questions: How does the school plan to ensure the children's safety during the outing? What is the educational value of the trip? How many adults will be supervising?
It is the responsibility of the parents to find out the details of the trip, give written permission for their child to go. Similarly school administration has the accountability of deciding where to draw the line between student safety and real world learning experiences.
The head of the institution must say ‘no' to a proposed activity that seem unreasonable or impose precautions. This kind decision may invite vocal protests from parents and children. But the fact is that the activities that generate the most controversy tend to be those with little relationship to the curriculum, which have mainly recreation, social or entertainment objectives.
Schools should not back activities with high possibility of injury unless the risks can be removed. The activity must be removed from the schedule if it is not possible. If the school trip activities are involved by professional organizations like amusement park operators, ski resort, excursion or tour operators, and school administration must ensure that service providers are reputable, have effective safety measures in place, and accept responsibility for any negligent acts of their employees.
An activity that might be perfectly safe in a family setting may not be safe in a school setting where the level of supervision cannot be guaranteed. Risk management is systematic approach to prevent or reduce exposure to losses. It involves identifying and analyzing risks or hazards, and taking steps to remove or control risks that may cause injury.
Virtual Field Trip
Virtual Field Trips are the perfect ways to involve in learning with concrete experience without leaving the classroom. This will be possible by the best use of the web and other state-of-the-art technology in the classroom. These annotated trips take students to some of the best web sites on each trip subject.
Virtual field trip is a computer-generated environment that offers media-rich interactions with a particular location, like museum, zoo, parks, laboratories, and even other countries. This leaning system takes children on field trips filled with inmates' close-ups, natural sounds effects and entertaining imagery depicting many of lives simple, yet hidden treasures. As a wonderful way to provide meaningful experiences to students, Virtual Field Trips revolutionized the learning in the classroom. The components of a virtual field trip include content background information, animations, images, Quick Time Movies, online forums, video, sound, music, educational material and more.
The fact is that it requires serious planning and consideration in order to make them success. Field trips are often free, but some do require subscription rates for multiple trips.
Children can be taught a preparatory lesson before the online trip that will give them more in sight into things. Teachers have to preview the site and know the content therein and provide step-by-step to accomplish to students.
The virtual field trip should be arranged to help students synthesize what they learned on a class fieldtrip. Prior to the trip assign each student a particular subject to research. Responsibility for gathering information about their assigned topic can be placed on the students themselves.
Guidelines for School Field Trips
It is better to develop a school calendar of school field trips for the year with the help of school staff. Successful trips are the outcome of the careful and alert planning. Before the trip, teachers with the participation of students and parents can set the purpose and objective of the trip. Pre trip and post trip activities should be decided that would help students to act in line with their assignments and other curriculum activities.
A teacher's accountability during the field trip is the same as in the classroom and teachers should exact the same degree of care.
Special care should be taken on overnight trips. Teachers and chaperone are responsible to keep an eye for making sure that all students are in their assigned quarters.
Special vigilance should be put on to avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages while chaperoning students.
Instructions for Chaperones
Chaperones are not allowed to take preschoolers or students from another grade level with them during the school field trip. Remember also to dress appropriately for the weather and the situation.
Be always with the children and do your duties and responsibilities very well as under the instruction of the trip leader. Students should not be allowed to run, climb fences and other dangerous activities.
Chaperones should not indulge in activities like smoking, consuming alcohol and other similar doings. While on the bus children are not allowed to sit on an adult's lap or change their seats. Children are allowed to use the rest room plenty of time before getting on the bus.
In events like a child has an injury or bee sting, take the child to the teacher immediately and try to avail first aid as soon as possible.
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