Re: Field Trip

    Thanks Maureen!

    On 12/02/14, maureen wrote:
    > 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
    > 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!