New Teacher Survival Guide Series
Teacher Survival Guide series is produced to help teachers new to the classroom
navigate their first few months on the job.
A teacher’s first year
is often the most challenging. Learning how to manage a classroom, design
lesson plans that work for students, cooperate with faculty and administrators,
and manage the time to perform all of these tasks and more is difficult for
entering teachers. This new teacher guide offers tips for new teachers and
strategies for new teachers to help your first year be successful in seven
New Teacher Tips: Successful Field Trips
Field trips are almost
invariably a joy to students, but can be equally a joy and a distraction for
educators. The key to successful field trips lays in the planning and
instructional usefulness of the field trip and surrounding activities, as the
research shows. Moreover, well-planned and relevant trips are more likely to
achieve administrative and parental support – and funding. You can use the
following tips for new teachers for planning successful field trips from the
§ Plan logistics. In “Effective use of field trips in
educational programming”, Myers and Jones recommend that logistics be
incorporated with the administrative approval stage.
§ Prepare. Myers and Jones also recommend that to minimize student
anxiety, educators expose students to unfamiliar locations by showing them
media of the trip destination.
§ Source funding. Field trips are more successful and
receive higher buy-in when they are well funded. The Institute of Museum and
Library Services has a grant page for available field trip grants.
§ Tie in lessons. In “Factors that influence learning
during a science field trip in a natural environment” Orion
and Hofstein suggest that the level of novelty – i.e., familiarity –
with a trip destination or subject negatively impacted students’ ability to
learn from the trip. Minimize this impact by prepreparation and
introduce learning objectives and lessons on the topics to be studied
§ Encourage after-trip learning. In “Designing effective field trips at
zoos and aquariums”, Nicholas J. Meiers reinforces the importance of
after-trip learning, suggesting that students be given opportunities to present
observations and ask questions. This reinforces learning and allows the teacher
to assess student learning.
§ Creative field trips. For teachers without the budget, time,
or support for an out of school field trip, digital field trips can be just as
useful. See Online Universities for intriguing and effective lesson
§ Virtual Tour of the Forbidden City,
§ US Supreme Court Virtual Tour
§ The Rare Book Room online
Education is one of
the most challenging careers, but it also has the potential to be the most
rewarding. We hope you enjoyed this new teacher guide. Please continue to visit
our website for more tips and strategies for new teachers.