Grades

    Re: Field Trip
    maureen

    I always kept my "directions" very short and simple - things
    like they need to stay with their adult, quiet speaking voices
    in the bus(back in the day we used to go in cars)and use
    walking feet types of things depending on what type of field
    trip we were going on.

    I found it very necessary and critical to prepare the parent
    chaperones more then the children! I say that, as many times,
    the adults want to converse with each other and would drift
    away from their responsibility - the children! That is why I
    liked it when we changed most of our field trips to use the
    city bus system. That allowed parents to talk with each other
    within the confines of the bus and then when we would be at the
    destination, they could focus totally on their group. I always
    gave a list of expectations of what the adults should be doing
    and I would even go over those expectations with the parents
    again before we left.

    I would not assign myself to any specific child and tried to
    remain as a "floater". In other words, I would be available to
    "take over" a challenging child when necessary one on one, or
    two on one sometimes.

    One "thing" that I often saw crop up whenever we had a guest
    speaker or at an adult led field trip like a naturalist, that
    there is always at least one child each year who tried to
    monopolize the "discussion" with the new adult. Experienced
    leaders (and teachers) knew how to handle that, but too many
    times other adults fell into the situation of that child
    yelling out answers, asking questions, going on and on once he
    or she figured out she could get that adult's attention. I
    always made sure that I was in a position to sit behind, next
    or very near that child before the speaker began and could
    easily tap a shoulder for a reminder to take a turn at
    speaking. I always appreciated those adult speakers who could
    handle that kind of situation without my intervention.

    I was big on field trips so I can only guess how many I went on
    over the years. I remember taking my dd's K class on two a
    month that year. Lots of fun memories and lots of lessons
    learned! Experience does help lesson the potential for
    problems. Field trips are valuable but they are also full of
    surprises that simply can not be planned for. We just have to
    relax and roll with the punches and handle what comes up.

    Enjoy your trip!