Title of submission
Field trip report
Field trip report
Field trips are exciting educational opportunities for students and teachers alike. They are designed to enhance the educational experience for all students and provide the students with an opportunity to learn outside the classroom. While these trips are often informative and eye-opening experiences for many students, they require planning and special considerations, especially related to the health needs of students. Federal laws afford all students, including those with special health care needs, the right to participate in these educational experiences. According to the National Association of School Nurses’ (NASN) Position Statement, School Sponsored Trips, Role of the School Nurse, there are approximately 26.6% of children with special health needs attending school (2013). Therefore, it is evident that the school nurse is a critical partner in planning and executing safe and rewarding field trips for all students.
The most successful field trips are the result of collaboration and team planning among school administrators, teachers, school nurses, other school staff, parents and students. In addition, school districts should have clear districtwide policies and procedures that inform team planning regarding field trips. The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) Field Trips: Guidance for School Nurses (Field Trip Guidelines) are intended to provide school nurses and school districts with information, resources and guidance needed to develop safe plans for the health care needs all students on field trips. School nurses should use these guidelines in conjunction with their individual school district policies and procedures.
The Field Trip Guidelines include definitions of school-sponsored trips, including field trips and extracurricular activities, and health related terms; applicable federal and state laws; planning and assessment considerations; suggested responsibilities for the various professionals involved; and useful checklists to assist in the planning and successful management of field trips.
Advantages of Field Trip
Real World Learning
As teachers, a field trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. Whether that’s a trip to the local grocery store, waterfront park, a library, a museum, a theater, a community garden or a restaurant, each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world.
When students leave the classroom, they see the connections between what is happening at school and in the ‘real-world’. They begin to see that what they learn within the walls of the classroom can help them solve the problems they see in the world around them and can have a direct impact on who they become as people.
Students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school. Our communities are rich learning laboratories. Field trips make it possible to take students to see an underwater ecosystem at an aquarium, participate in citizen science in a river, use high powered microscopes, see and touch historical artifacts in person and present on a public stage among hundreds of other things. Each experience solidifies learning and supports important academic concepts.
Students who go on field trips become more empathetic and tolerant. A study conducted by the University of Arkansas found that students that participate in a field trip to an art museum show increased empathy, tolerance and critical thinking skills. Studying art gives students a chance to think about a topic or theme from a different perspective.
Field based learning increases test scores. A recent study by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell showed that middle school students who participate in science field trips through the Urban Advantage program score better on the state science test. Field trips and hands on learning make concepts more memorable. Just think back to what you learned in school, the field trips you took, and what you learned on them are still some of the clearest concepts.
Additionally, field trips are important because students are able to engage with content in a variety of ways. Concepts are presented through all different media and different modalities, so students who struggle with traditional learning can feel smart and confident. They are able to access the content better when they can learn holistically. When they return to school, the trip that they took can serve as a touchpoint for an entire unit.
Some of our students worlds are so small, but the community that each child lives in is an incredible resource for broadening it. Within each student’s city or region, there are people and places that students can access that cannot be replicated by the Internet or in the classroom. This multisensory learning experience can bring one dimensional lessons to life and create enthusiasm for a subject that is hard to replicate through other media. As teachers, it’s our duty to make that possible.
Importance of field trip in social science education
1. Social interaction
2. New experience
4. Interactive learning
5. Extension of class room study
Kovalam beach, located about 18 kms South of the city was the last place to visit it is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning, massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising are some of them. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, yoga and Ayurve massage centres. It was in these three places. Lighthouse beach, that students had a wonderful time. They also did some shopping in the nearby shops . On the whole, the trip was awesome. All had a fantastic time and it was very much helpful for developing the aesthetic sense, exploration skills, imagination and co -operation in the students.
In this field work, there are chances of getting high percent error. The factors of this are human error, measuring tape reading, the accuracyof writing the points on the ground and also whether the range pole is vertically straight. We used the Heron’s Formula to solve for the area of each triangle and then find the summation of the three triangles to solve for the area of the whole pentagonal lot. The data we gathered from measuring the pentagonal lot gave us a small value for area. This is because, we only measured 10 – 15 m each side and 19 – 20 m each diagonals. I recommend doing this field work in the morning or a place where you can measure a big pentagonal lot that has a shade. The weather can destroy the whole field work because it’s hot. Surveyors may tend to do the fieldwork fast, without checking whether the range pole is vertically straight etc. Also, I recommend giving individually tasks to each member of the group. For example, I will hold the measuring tape, my other group mate will hold the range pole etc. This makes the field work a lot easier and quicker.