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John Wheeler, Trip Leader and Middle School Teacher

John Wheeler started leading 8th grade tours to DC in 1993. Married for thirty-two years, he is the proud father of five and has taught Northern California middle schoolers since 1988.

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Teacher Shares Experiences on School Trips with NationsClassroom

Posted by John Wheeler, Trip Leader and Middle School Teacher on Jan 15, 2019 10:19:35 AM

Curious what it's like to be a teacher trip leader while on a class trip with NationsClassroom?  Middle School teacher John Wheeler first started taking students to Washington, D.C. in 1993 - and has never looked back.  In today's blog post, John shares his experiences traveling with students and NationsClassroom tour guides:


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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

How to Plan a Student Trip to the East Coast that Lets the American Story Unfold

Posted by John Wheeler, Trip Leader and Middle School Teacher on Nov 26, 2018 3:03:18 PM

Kids have fun when they are learning, and stories provide a great way to learn.  The “Aha! Moment” occurs when things come together in our students' minds, as they understand something they did not understand before.


One way tour organizers can help students with this is to plan a tour around the story of American history in three basic movements: the American Revolution, the Civil War and 20th Century American History and Government.


This can be done with a tour that begins in Philadelphia, continues to Gettysburg, and concludes in  Washington, D.C. Follow along as I walk you through a sample itinerary of what this three-phase tour could look like.

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