|1. Make sure
the trip is relevant to your subject
matter, grade level and expertise.
|2. Plan ahead.
A field trip that is not well thought
out can be a disaster.
|3. Contact the
parents well ahead of time so that they
can make arrangements and schedule the
|4. Make sure
you have liability insurance other than
that provided by the school system.
Sometimes the system will not cover you
|5. Go to the
site beforehand. Talk to the staff and
judge their expertise and grounds. Do
they have proper security? Is it well
lighted? Are their exhibits informative,
well designed and appealing? Do they
have a proper eating facility? Are the
restrooms clean and easily accessible?
Do they have handicap availability? Do
they have adequate liability? If for any
reason you are uncomfortable about the
site, find another location.
|6. Be careful
in collecting the money. You are legally
responsible for it collection.
|7. Talk about
the rules with the students, parents and
volunteers. Make sure they understand
your expectations and that they agree to their
permission slips, trip forms, clothing
a list of rules, an explanation, the
cost, departure and arrival times, lunch
provisions and how you plan to take
|9. Keep track of your
students at all times. Make name tags and set up
a buddy system. Make sure your volunteers and
bus drivers understand their responsibilities
with a check list.
|10. Assign one
volunteer to record the trip on a digital
camera that can record in either a still or video
|11. Bring a notebook or
file with all emergency information i.e.
allergies, emergency numbers, home numbers,
personal notes, school administration numbers,
liability information, site information and
|12. Review the trip
when you return: Was the trip work the cost?
Did the site meet your expectations? Did the
students meet your expectations? Did the
volunteers meet your expectations? Was the
transportation clean, on time and courteous?
Would you recommend a the site to another
teacher? How accurate was the information given?
What changes would you make on any future trip?