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Student-Planned Field Trips

April 06, 2011

To create a stress free environment on a field trip, have the students take a large role in the planning. Not just where to go, but how to go — physically, intellectually, emotionally and responsibly. All of the adults who participate in planning the field trip must include and accept the students as equal partners. Students’ questions and ideas need to be discussed openly; this helps them focus and become more responsible. Use the group dynamic to create an inclusive atmosphere and reign in students who show disinterest or act out.

When students are involved in all parts of planning they gain interest, ownership and enthusiasm. They’ll be much more relaxed and better able to focus on their learning during the trip. This will help eliminate stress on the group leader for maintaining their interest levels and managing discipline issues.



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