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Making the most of community resources and fieldtrips


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Making the most of community resources and fieldtrips

  2. 2.  Fieldtrips are expensive. They require much time to preparation and planning.  Community resources like historical and scenic spots, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, places of exhibits can be destinations for fieldtrips. Other community resources can be people themselves such as parents, senior citizens and other members of the community.
  3. 3.  List specific objects to be seen on their way to the site, on the site of fieldtrip an on their way home from the site.  Discuss appropriate dress. Comfortable shoes for walking are important.  Before the trip, use a variety of learning materials in order to give each student a background for the trip.
  4. 4. PREPLANNING WITH OTHERS JOINING THE TRIP  Other people accompanying the group need to be oriented on the objectives, route, behavior standards required of everyone so they can help enforce these standards. These may be parents who will assists teacher, other teachers and/or school administrator staff.
  5. 5. TAKING THE FIELD TRIP  Distribute route map of places be observed.  Upon arriving at the destination, teacher should check the group and introduce the guide.  Special effort should be made to ensure that: • The trip keeps to the time schedule • The students have the opportunity to obtain answers to questions. • The group participates courteously in the entire trip. • The guide sticks closely to the list questions.
  6. 6.  Were there any unexpected problems which could be foreseen another time? Where these due to guides, students, poor planning, or unexpected trip condition?  Were new interests developed?  Should the trip be recommended to other classes studying similar topics?
  7. 7. EVALUATING FIELDTRIP These are questions we ask after the fieldtrip to evaluate the fieldtrip we just had.  Could the same benefits be achieved be other materials? Was it worth the time, effort, and perhaps, extra money?
  8. 8. E D U C AT I O N A L B E N E F I T S D E R I V E D F RO M A F I E L D T R I P Field trips can be fun and educational when they are well executed. They offer us a number of educational benefits:  The acquisition of lasting concepts and change in attitudes are rooted on concrete and rich experiences. Fieldtrips are opportunities for rich and memorable experiences which are fundamental to learning that lasts.
  9. 9.  Field trips bring us to the world beyond the classroom. The realworld connection is more work but the benefits of broadening teaching beyond textbooks far outweigh the little bit of time takes from a teacher’s schedule.  Field trips have a range of application. It is not meant only for children. It is for adults also. It is not only meant for the social science subjects. It is for all other subjects as well.
  10. 10.  It can bring about a lot of realizations which may lead to changes in attitudes and insights. The field trip “can nurture curiosity; build a zest for new experience, and a sense of wonder.” (Dale, 1969).
  11. 11. Here are some realizations students had after joining a field trip to the following places.  Prepare a list of questions to send ahead to guide of the study trip.  Define safety and behavior standards for the journey there and for the field trip site itself.  Discuss and decide on ways to document the trip. Everyone is expected to take notes.
  12. 12. DISADVANTAGES OF FIELDTRIPS 1. It is costly 2. It involves logistics 3. It is extravagant with time 4. It contains an element of uncertainty
  13. 13. COMMUNITY RESOURCES  A fieldtrip may be a visit to a scenic spot or to a historical place.  This can be persons and places in the community. There are other people in the community who can be excellent resource speakers.  As to places to visit, popular destinations are museum, zoos, botanical garden, historical places, places of exhibit, scenic spots.  Performances like play, concert and dance presentations also form part of community resources.