An educational school trip plays a vital role in allowing students to engage with the real world and help students develop their social skills. Students who are quiet and withdrawn get a chance to come out of their shells and display their creativity and leadership qualities. During an educational outing, students can retain more information than they would while learning in a classroom. These excursions help in reinforcing what is learned in schools. Students get encouraged to explore their curiosity which offers a unique learning experience. Here are some fantastic field trip ideas for students.
TV and Radio Stations
In this era, all kids have been exposed to some TV time. A local TV station trip can quell the curiosity as to what they see on the TV set back at home. They can experience how news is prepared, edited, and broadcasted, informing all the viewers of what is going on around the world.
Visiting the local radio station will inform the students of what goes on behind the scenes. Kids will get a chance to learn how all this is prepared and made ready for the consumption of listeners. It can also encourage those who dream of becoming journalists and give them an idea of how it is done.
Amusement parks are parks that feature different activities and events for entertainment. These include roller coasters, water rides, train rides, carousel rides, and many other exciting activities that students usually find quite entertaining. Break the monotony of a classroom and experience an amazing school trip to Disneyland Paris. Amusement parks are easily accessible and your students will experience the thrills, adventure, and educational experience all combined. For example, themed lands and Walt Disney studio parks. It can also be a great opportunity to explore the culture there and local cuisines, taking time to sight the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or a cruise in river Seine.
The museum is an archive for a vast source of information and learning experience. They give the students the chance to foster deep understanding and promote the joy and sharing of authentic cultural and natural heritage. Museums collect, research, and interpret evidence of society and nature. While visiting the museum, students should expect to learn about: art, animals, plants, and archeological evidence preserved in there. Visiting museums can also serve as a place to relax and meditate as they watch the artifacts available there. This will encourage the students to keep off trouble even as adults. Museums can also serve as a source of inspiration for the artists in the class, and they can come up with fantastic art projects on their own.
Visiting the Farm
Students can visit a farm where they can learn how different foods that we eat are grown, harvested, and prepared until it is ready to eat. This is an exciting way of learning away from the classroom. Students will have a visualized picture of the foods they eat, and that way, they are in a better position to appreciate when a plate of food is put in front of them. In a farm field trip, students can be given a chance to participate in different farm activities. For example, they can pick fruits from trees, picking eggs, harvesting some vegetables, tending to a small portion of land, tending to animals like brushing horses, and many other activities.
Another exciting field trip that you can organize for your students is having them visit a production plant. It could be a production process for something that is consumed regularly, for example, a soft drink production plant, a recycling plant, or a bread factory. This will ensure the students will learn how this item is produced. It would be exciting for them to see how the machines work in harmony to create one perfect product. In a soft drink production plant, they can learn how soft drinks are made and packaged and the hygiene levels in the plant when the soft drinks get to their school cafeteria.
In a recycling plant, they can learn why we have to recycle in the first place, the effects of different recyclable materials have on the environment. This will make them keener when they are disposing of waste to recycling as much as they can. At the end of such a school trip, we will have a responsible adult who will mind their environment and save the world at large. We need more of those as it is.
Taking the students for a field trip to the aquarium is so beneficial. They learn so much about the ocean, sea creatures, and the water plants at large. An aquarium is a beautiful and exciting way to teach students. They grasp so much more information than they could when just reading about all these species from a book in a classroom. Aquariums also serve the purpose of protecting some endangered sea creatures.
Field trips are significant for the school curriculum. It serves as pictorial evidence for the students, and they can internalize more information than in a classroom. It breaks the monotony of being seated in a school throughout. When organizing for field trips, ensure that you consider things like the most reliable transport mode, the cost of the field trip, and what the students will eat while out there. Enjoy your day out of the classroom.
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Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.
I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.
I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.
Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.
My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.
I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.
When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.
So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.
Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.
And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.
This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.
I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.
I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.