I'm really enjoying the book as I read more and more. How about you? It's funny though, I recognize a lot of the names she uses when stating the research behind the strategies from grad school. Sousa, Jensen, Davis, Brooks, etc... I remember reading a lot of them. But back on topic.
Field trips! I love field trips! In my first school district where I taught for 8 years we were allowed 2 field trips per year. We took the kids on some fabulous ones since we were in Northern Virginia. Here are the most memorable ones:
*Tour of the White House
*Mt. Vernon (George Washington's home)
*Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
*The Kennedy Center to see a play
When I moved to the Seattle area the district I taught in allowed one field trip per year. My favorite field trip was the one to the Everett train station and then to the Children's Museum. We had the school bus drop us off at the train station. We were given a tour of the train station by a volunteer from the Children's Museum. We learned about community transportation since city buses, greyhound buses, and trains left from there. Then we rode a city bus over to the Children's Museum. For many of our kids, it was their first time at the Children's Museum. They loved all the hands-on experiences.
Now that I'm a stay-at-home momma I get to go on field trips with my daughter's class as a parent volunteer. I went with them on one of their field trips to the Petrified Forest. It was a really great field trip. The guide gave us a tour through a forest that made me feel like I was back home in Washington again. I never knew something like it existed in the Bahamas! Here's the entrance to the forest...
The kids liked getting to crawl through this cave...
As I read this chapter I was reminded of another book I read. It's The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places by Gary Paul Nabhan and Steven Trimble. It also explains the necessity of getting children out into their natural environment and giving them time to explore the outdoors. This field trip was perfect for that.
At the first school I taught at there was a third grade teacher who would bring her class out to recess and make them sit or lie on the ground for a few minutes before letting them go play. I honestly thought that was a little strange. She would tell them to "let the Earth heal them" when they were having a rough morning. Turns out she was on to something. In the book it states "Allowing students to experience the positive effects of sunlight and the beauty of nature calms students' brains and puts the mind in a good state for learning."
But many of us are in districts where budgets limit us to one field trip or even no field trips. Did you know that you can sign up for virtual field trips through Google plus?
I found a clip and it showed the Seattle Aquarium. Let me know if you try it or have tried it. I'd love to know if it works.