Teachers know that travel has the potential to change lives. Expanding the horizons of young people feeds youthful curiosity, a sense of wonder and generates a strong feeling of gratitude for the diverse world we live in.
But taking your students out into the world is also about building memories and relationships on tour. As a teacher, you stand as an exemplar of what it means to be a learned, wise adult. That’s an opportunity to shape young minds. On the road, though, the effect is intensified. Far from home, students have a chance to see you and your role in their lives in a whole different light.
As you prepare for your tour, take the time to engage in one-on-one conversations with each of your students. Ask them what they’re most looking forward to seeing and why. When the day comes, you’ll have a moment of joy to share, as your students encounter the object of their fascination in Real Time.
As the trip progresses, check in with students and encourage them to trade their thoughts and reflections on what they’re experiencing. You’ll be building their memories, as well as your own, and watching new friendships evolve along the way.
Prepare for long waits with portable fun.
Waiting in the flight lounge doesn’t have to be a snoozy bore. There’s only so much people watching you can do, so it’s imperative that educators go prepared with portable fun. Decks of cards and downloadable games keep everyone focused on something other than the second hand clicking of the time.
As you play together, you’ll learn more about each other and form stronger bonds. Students will remember “that day we waited for the flight and had such a great time” for a very long time and make new friends, as they do.
The gift of reflection.
Don’t miss the opportunity to give your students the gift of reflection as part of the tour. Make a point of encouraging them to write down their impressions of what they’re seeing, as you move through your days. Point out that they don’t have to write a magnum opus. Their observations can be just a few words about something which stuck with them.
Teaching your students to journal to get more from the experiences they’re having is a gift that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.
Your students can help.
Students who’ve traveled with you in the past can be some of your most potent allies. Invite them to your class to talk about their experiences and to share what they learned while they were touring with you. This can generate excitement and interest, as well as build the intramural sense of community so important in schools.
Peak Performance Tours has been helping students and educators build memories and relationships on tour for more than 20 years.
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