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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Arlington National Cemetery

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on May 25, 2020 11:30:00 AM

On a class trip to D.C., there is no place which inspires more humility and awe than the burial ground at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). Here the nation has lain-to-rest more than 424,000 servicemen and women in honored glory. It is here that groups come to connect with an understanding of America’s hard-earned freedom.

 

In honor of Memorial Day, here are some guidelines for your school's next trip to Arlington National Cemetery. 

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

Washington, D.C. Announces Phased Reopening Schedule

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 22, 2020 1:37:35 PM

On Thursday (May 21, 2020), the ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group announced plans to reopen Washington, D.C. over the summer. Collaborating with John Hopkins and over 17,000 community members, the group researched and organized a four-stage reopen plan for the nation's capital that focuses on safety and wellness for the whole population.

 

Washington, D.C. will begin phase one of reopening on Friday, May 29th. Here's what that means for student travel going forward.

 

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Topics: Travel Safety

Must Read Hotel Guidelines For Student Travel Groups

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One of the highlights for students traveling on an educational tour is the chance to have a “sleepover” with friends away from home. Thrilling for them, but nerve-racking for some parents who may prefer to share a roof with their kids at all times.

 

Providing hotel guidelines will set expectations for students while reassuring parents who are sending their children on an overnight field trip.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Travel Safety

Advice for Reducing Airport Stress When Traveling with a School Group

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 20, 2020 11:31:00 AM

Leading an educational tour provides opportunities to teach all types of lessons,  including how to get through airport security as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

 

Preparing your student travelers and chaperones before heading to the airport with the following advice will give them the practical knowledge they need to reduce stress and enjoy the thrill of group travel. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Airport Travel

6 Creative Ways to Encourage Registration for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 18, 2020 11:45:00 AM
When a student trip is announced to families, there is always a buz z of excitement as  the first kids begin to register. When the initial rush is dulled by daily routines and to-do lists, a trip leader can use creative ways to help families remember to follow through with registration and paperwork.
 

Here are six ideas to keep your trip top-of-mind.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

Teaching About the Arts From Home

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 15, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Unless you're an avid watcher of Bob Ross, you probably don't think about teaching art from the comfort of your own home, especially when there is already so much content to cover during the day. Creating lesson plans for cross-curricular content is difficult when you have a classroom to manage, let alone having to teach on a whole new platform like Zoom or Google Teams.

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Teacher Resources, Arts & Theater Attractions

STEM Experiences to Add to a School Trip to Philadelphia

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 13, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Philadelphia is a hot-spot for student trips because of its historical significance. With Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Museum of the American Revolution, it's easy to overlook the incredible STEM experiences Philly has to offer. 

 

If you're making a stop in Philadelphia, here are five amazing STEM experiences you should make time for.

 

 

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Topics: STEM Attractions, School Trip to Philadelphia

In Honor of Mother's Day: Amazing Women from U.S. History

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 11, 2020 11:27:00 AM

We at NationsClassroom want to wish all the wonderful mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you're a brand new mom, or all your children are out of the nest, we appreciate you.

 

In honor of this day, we looked at some of the online exhibits that the National Women's History Museum has to offer. Not only does the National Women's History Museum offer some incredible online exhibits, they also published some amazing online teacher resources to use in the classroom. 

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Topics: Historic Attractions, Facts & Fun

How to Plan a Student Trip That is Meaningful and Realistic

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 8, 2020 10:45:00 AM

 

Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.

 

Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Planning Student Travel

Parent Meetings During Shelter-In-Place: Using Zoom To Reach Parents

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 6, 2020 11:30:00 AM

If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that teachers are incredible, innovative, and have superpowers. How else can we explain the amount of work they're able to get done during one 24 hour period?

 

So once a teacher is finally able to plan a school trip and get it approved, is it any surprise that their number one concern is how they'll find time to share the information with parents?

 

If you choose to work with a Student Travel Consultant like NationsClassroom, your first step to reaching parents is by hosting a parent meeting.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

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