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Field Trips
TeachersField trips are a great way of giving the students hands on experience of what they are studying in the classroom. Many institutions are willing and anxious to provide the tools and resources a teacher might need to make the trips successful. Bear in mind that you the teacher are responsible for the safety and quality of the project.
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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 time.
4. Make sure you have liability insurance other than that provided by the school system. Sometimes the system will not cover you properly.
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 implementation.
8. Send home: permission slips, trip forms, clothing requirements, a list of rules, an explanation, the cost, departure and arrival times, lunch provisions and how you plan to take them.
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 mode.
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 transportation materials.
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?