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7 Ways a Coffee Tour Teaches STEAM on a Student Trip to Costa Rica

Posted by Julie on Mar 1, 2017 11:39:09 AM

An educational trip to Costa Rica gives students and teachers the chance to learn in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. However, it’s not just the rainforests and nature reserves that offer the chance to explore STEAM topics.


On a coffee plantation tour, you can steep yourself in learning about the intricacies of agriculture, manufacturing, and economics in Central America.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

Exceed Curriculum Standards With Your Student Trip

Posted by Julie on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most teachers love being in the classroom and watching our hours of lesson planning come to life. But the most meaninful teaching moments for me have been outside of the classroom walls, usually on school trips.


While I know how meaningful these experiences are for the kids, I have to prove the value of the trip in order to take my students to Washington, D.C. each year.


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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

How School Trips Support the Emotional Growth of Teens

Posted by Julie on Jan 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Many teachers refer to students as “my kids” because of the heart and soul that goes into helping them grow inside and outside of the classroom.


We hear this a lot when we're on student tours with teachers who want to provide new experiences for "their kids." They realize that student travel is different from a family vacation because it offers new opportunities for social and emotional growth.


Sometimes parents have to find a level of comfort with a child’s newly-found independence or school administration may not realize the full range of benefits these experiences provide. Here are a few ways to explain how educational travel helps students grow during their tween and teen years.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

5 Amazing Experiences You Can Easily Add to a Trip to D.C.

Posted by Julie on Dec 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM


A class trip to Washington, D.C. is a great starting point for an educational experience of a lifetime. Going beyond the city to add another stop to your itinerary can offer new opportunities without adding much travel time. Deepen your curricular connections, add science and technology experiences, or simply have a day of fun with these great add-on cities.


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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

Must-Make Reservations For Popular D.C. Sights

Posted by Julie on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A trip to Washington, D.C. offers the chance to learn from renowned museums, impressive memorials, and historic sights. Unfortunately, without advanced reservations, you will either miss out or wait in lines for hours at the entrance.

Here is a list of the most popular sights in D.C. that take advanced reservations so you can make the most of your touring time. 
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3 Ideas for Using Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie on Dec 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM


Students + technology = new learning opportunities for your next field trip. Here are three programs for students with advanced, developing, and basic computer science skills that can help them build connections between technology, academic subjects, and their student travel experiences.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

Top Sights for History, STEM, and the Arts on a School Trip to Washington, D.C.

Posted by Julie on Nov 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM


Most teachers think “history” when they consider a class trip to Washington, D.C., and that’s fair considering it's historical and political significance.


However, our nation’s capital also is a center for science, the arts, and much more. The monuments, memorials, and museums bring together many disciplines for visitors of all ages to contemplate our nation's story at a deeper level.


Here is a list of the city's most popular sights that relate to History, STEM, and the Arts that will help you and your students make the most of a school trip to Washington, D.C.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

6 Ways School Trips Can Teach Gratitude

Posted by Julie on Nov 21, 2016 2:47:05 PM


Thanksgiving is the time of year when showing gratitude is top of mind. It’s a mindset that can benefit all of us, but it can be difficult to instill in teens and tweens who are still wired to focus on their own needs and wants.


For teachers who lead student trips, finding ways to show appreciation along the way helps kids re-focus.


Here are six ideas to help develop a grateful mindset on a school trip and a bit of research that reinforces why we should.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Veterans Day Offers Many Teachable Moments

Posted by Julie on Nov 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM


This Friday, we will honor the members of our Armed Forces who have served our nation with ceremonies, celebrations, and classroom lessons. It is a day of gratitude that offers many opportunities to teach through a historical lens and to engage students in history on an emotional level. 

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3 Things "Your Kids" Learn on a School Trip that Aren't in the Textbooks

Posted by Julie on Nov 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM


When you travel with “your kids,” you get to be there for important milestones in their lives. For some students, it will be their first time on an airplane or coach bus, or their first hotel stay without a parent.


It’s important to include the personal growth students will experience in addition to curricular connections when you are seeking approval for your trip or talking about the value of a student trip with families. 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

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