When you’re on the road with your students, one of the most important things you can give them is leadership. You set the tone, because you’re the teacher.
That demands extensive preparation, whether you’re going on a field trip to a site close to home, or somewhere more distant for an overnight adventure. When you’re prepared to address the destination and the educational insights it offers, your students will be similarly encouraged to post their own questions and derive optimal benefit from the experience.
Your leadership inspires student confidence. They need that to ask the right questions and to be just as prepared as the teacher is. Let’s look at these top travel tips, so you can bring your history knowledge and questions along for the exciting ride.
Teachers put a lot of time into what they teach their students in the classroom. Lesson plans are carefully crafted and executed with student engagement foremost in educator minds. When you’re adding a 3D experience to your teaching, you’re challenging your students to reach higher.
You’re challenging them to derive the knowledge from your teaching they need to make the most of their outing, when the big day arrives. Part of your challenge to them is making it clear that you’re the exemplar. Because you’re well-versed in the subject, you expect them to command sufficient knowledge to get the most benefit possible from the excursion.
Classroom preparation in the run up to the excursion should follow a narrative arc, from the moment you announce your plans. Letting your students know that you expect them to bring their history knowledge and questions with them (because that’s what you’re doing) is your way of telling them you trust their ability to get it done.
Preparation for an in-the-field learning adventure should be embedded in your grading structure. The ability of your students to prepare for what they’re going to learn is a big part of the education they’re getting. Let them know that their prep is worth something tangible, with respect to their eventual grades.
Talking about the trip.
Closer to your departure date, share more information with students about where you’re going and what they can expect to experience. Give them website addresses and other resources which allow them to learn more and to prepare themselves.
Share with them that the more knowledge they have about the destination, the more intense their experience will be. Learning is a dialogue. Deposit education is rarely retained adequately. When learning flows solely from educator to student, it’s missing narrative tension. Add dialogue to your trip preparation and watch students take ownership of their learning.
What could be more empowering?
Peak Performance Tours.
Peak Performance Tours has been arranging outstanding educational adventures for students for two decades. We create individualized learning experiences which bring your teaching to life, by supporting you with world class logistics and destination knowledge.
If you’re ready to get your students out there, contact us. Your curricular goals are in professional hands, with Peak.