STEPS IN PLANNING A FIELD TRIP1.) Preliminary Planning by the teacher2.)Preplanning with others going on the trip3.)Taking the Field Trip itself4.) Post-field Trip follow up activities
PRELIMINARY PLANNING• Make preliminary contacts, a tour on final arrangements with the place to be visited.• Make final arrangements with the school principal about the details of the trip
• Make tentative route plan, subject to later alteration based on class planning and objectives• Try to work out mutually satisfactory arrangements with other teachers if the trip will conflict to the other classes.• Prepare preliminary lists of questions or other materials which will be helpful in planning with the students.
PREPLANNING WITH STUDENTS JOINING THE TRIP:• Discuss the objectives of the trip and write them down. The main objectives should be included in the permit slip given to parents and should be consulted later when the trip is evaluated.
_____________________________ (Name of School) PARENT”S APPROVAL AND WAIVERTo the Principal of ______________________________________________School (Name of School)____________________________________________________________has my (Name of child/ward)Permission to attend the Field TripTo/at______________________________________________________________On Date __________________________Time_____________________________Under the supervision of ______________________________________________I further agree to assume the responsibility of seeing that my child cooperates and conforms to the fullest with the school directions and instructions of the school official in charge and that I hereby free the school authorities from any responsibility for any untoward incident arising from this trip thereby waiving any future claim for damages against the school, provided however, that the damage or injury incurred is not directly attributed to the negligence of the school authorities themselves. Signed____________________________________ (Parent/Gaurdian) _________________________________________ (Address) _________________________________________ (Telephone/Mobile Number)
• Prepare a list of questions to send ahead to the 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.
• List specific objectives to be seen on their way to the site of the field trip and on their way home from the site.• Discuss appropriate dress. Comfortable shoes for walking.• Before the trip, use a variety of learning materials in order to give each students a background for the trip.
TAKING THE FIELD TRIPDistribute route map of places to be observedUpon arriving at the destination, teacher shouldintroduce the group and introduce the guide.Special effort to 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 of questions.
These are the questions we can askafter the field trip to evaluate the fieldtrip we just had.Could the same benefits be achieved by othermaterials? Was it worth the time, effort, andperhaps, extra money?Were there any unexpected problems which could beforeseen another time? Were these due to guides,students, poor planning, or unexpected tripconditions?Were new interests developed?Should the trip be recommended to other classesstudying similar topics?
It can bring abouta lot ofrealizations whichmay lead tochanges inattitudes andinsights.
DISADVANTAGES:• Preparation Planning and preparation are often the biggest hurdles in setting up an educational trip.
• Student Behavior Most of the time, students will be excited to take part in any activity that gets them out of a classroom for the day. That excitement can contribute to the educational experience but may also limit the amount of education that actually occurs.
• Cost Cost can be a key hindrance in conducting a field trip. Schools will often have tight budgets for bus rental, gasoline allowance, food and drink purchase and fees for trips. Anything beyond the schools budget will need to come from another source, sometimes from the educator himself.