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Making the Most ofCommunity Resources and Field Trips
Procedures we follow to avoid failed study trips includes this step:1. Preliminary planning by teacher2. Preplanning with others going on the trip3. Taking the field trip itself and4. post-field trip follow up activities
Preliminary planning by the teacher Make preliminary contacts, a tour on final arrangements with the place to be visited Make final arrangements with the school principal about the details of the trip: time, schedule, transportation arrangements, finances, and permission slips from parents. Make a tentative route plan, subject to later alteration based on class planning and objectives.
Try to work out mutually satisfactory arrangement with other teachers if the trip will conflict with their classes. Prepare preliminary list of question or other materials which will be helpful in planning with the students.
Preplanning with students joining the trip Discuss the objectives of the trip and write them down. The main objectives should be given to parents and should be consulted later when the trip is evaluated. Prepare a list of question to send ahead to the guide of the study trip. Define safety and behavior standards of the journey there and for the field trip site itself.
Discuss and decide on ways to document the trip. Everyone is expected to take notes. List specific objects to be seen on their way to the sit, on the site of the field trip and on their way home from the site. Discuss appropriate dress. Comfortable shoes for walking are important. Before the trip, use a variety of learning materials in order to give each student a background for the trip.
Preplanning with Others Joining the Trip Other people accompanying the group need to be oriented on the objectives, route, behavior standards required of everyone so they can help enforce these standards. These maybe parents who will assist teacher, other teachers and/or school administrator staff.
Taking the Field Trip Distribute route map of places to be observed. Upon arriving at the destination, teacher should check the group and introduce the guide. Special effort should be made to ensure that: -the trips keeps to time schedule -the students have the opportunity to obtain answers to questions -the group participants courteously in the trip -the guide sticks closely to the list of questions.
Educational Benefits Derived from a Field TripField trips can be fun and educational when they are well executed.1. The acquisition of lasting concepts and change in attitudes are rooted on concrete and rich experiences. Fieldtrips are opportunities for rich and memorable experiences which are fundamental to learning the lasts.2. Fieldtrips bring us to the world beyond the classroom. The real-world connection is more but the benefits of broadening teaching beyond textbooks far outweigh the little bit of time it takes from a teacher’s schedule.
3. Fieldtrips have a wide range of application. It is not meant only for children. It is for adults also. It is not only meant for the social science subjects, it is for all other subjects as well.4. It can bring about a lot of realizations which may lead to changes in attitudes and insights. The field trip “can nurture curiosity; build a zest for new experience, and a sense of wonder.” -A school for blind -A museum -An automobile factory
Disadvantages of Field TripsThese educational benefits can compensate for the drawbacks of fieldtrips some which are:1. It is costly;2. It involves logistics,3. It is extravagant with time,4. Contains an element of uncertainty.
What community resources can we use for learning?
These can be persons and places in the community. For the persons, let us not go too far. Let us begin with the parents of the students. Many of them can be resource speakers in their fields of expertise. There are other people in the community who can be excellent resource speakers. A places to visit, popular destination are museums, zoos, botanical gardens, historical places, places of exhibits, scenic spots. A performances like play, a concert, and dance presentations. Public libraries and private libraries.
Thank you!! Prepared by: Anna Rejel F. Quindao