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!