Why are Field Trips Valuable?
Field trips used to be a commonplace occurrence in schools across the nation. Sadly, with the current obsession with raising scores on standardized testing, educational budget cuts, and an increased focus on technological literacy, teachers have very little time and financial resources to make field trips a viable part of their students’ education. At Sonshine Educational Tours, we have seen time and again just how important it is for students of all ages to have learning experiences that are hands-on, not just textbook-focused or screen-driven. Continue reading today’s post to learn some of the valuable aspects that field trips offer your students, and contact Sonshine Educational Tours today to discuss the type of trip you need for your students’ education.
Exposure to Other Cultures
One of the best ways for anyone to develop a deeper understanding of a different culture is to learn about the evolution of and context for the beliefs and ways of life for that culture. Certain objects or ideas that were very important in some cultures are not important at all in ours. When your students are faced with ideas that don’t seem to make sense, it is important to give them a richer context so that they can more fully appreciate why these ideas and beliefs were so strongly held in another culture. By visiting museums and locations where they can see physical representations of the ways in which people lived, how they ate, the music they created, and more, students will naturally increase the compassion and sensitivity that they have for other cultures.
Practical Applications of Science
Some of your students may naturally gravitate to the field of science and have a complete grasp on the concepts that you are teaching. Others, however, may need a physical representation of how mass affects volume or how gravity affects weight in order to fully understand the scientific explanation behind these concepts. Student education is greatly enhanced by field trips to science museums where they can see first hand some of the many cool ways in which science impacts their daily life. Scheduled field trips to science museums also frequently receive the benefit of specialized lab sessions for their students to dive a little more deeply into the particular field of science that you are working on in the classroom.
Immersion in Historical Settings
History is a very exciting topic to explore, but it’s not always the most interesting thing to read about in a textbook. One of the best ways to ignite a spark of excitement in your students as they study history is to plan a field trip to one of the historical locations that they will study with you this year. Whether you travel to Jamestown to see what colonial life was like, or St. Augustine to experience life in a masonry fort, your students are sure to absorb much more information and insight into that period of time than they would from simply reading about it.
There are many well-researched articles that show the distinctly positive impact that art has on the minds of your students. From enriching their creative thought processes to increasing a calmer spirit and more, there are so many benefits for your students when they study art, create art, and learn to appreciate art. A trip to an art museum will boost your students’ education in the field of art, as well as expose them to interesting techniques they may not have thought of exploring.
Student education is vitally important and one that you are committed to improving to the best of your ability. Why not help your students expand their understanding and broaden their horizons by scheduling an educational field trip today? Contact Sonshine Educational Tours to learn about all of the trips we offer and plan yours today.