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Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant

Oliver Wendell Holmes said that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” As a new teacher more than a decade ago, I wanted more for my students than what we could do inside the classroom, so I started leading student trips to Washington, D.C. Taking "my kids" on educational trips turned out to be the most rewarding thing I've done as a teacher. I’ve seen students’ hearts open and their minds stretch while on tour more than I could have imagined. As a member of the NationsClassroom team, I now have the opportunity to help other teachers plan and lead their own student travel experiences so they can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their students.
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9 Ideas to Celebrate Student Birthdays on a Class Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jun 18, 2019 7:56:05 AM

A child’s birthday is a time to celebrate, and parents typically take the lead in carrying out plans to make the day special. But when kids are traveling with a school group, their teachers often step in to make sure it is a day to remember.

 

Here are nine ideas for educational trip leaders to help shine the spotlight on the birthday boy or girl.

 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Teachers Believe in Positive Benefits of Student Travel, Rite of Passage

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jun 13, 2019 9:56:08 AM

While the concept of a “Grand Tour” has historical roots as a rite of passage for the educated upper class, teachers continue to believe in the positive educational, cultural and social impact of travel for all students. 

 

In fact, research shows the benefits of student travel have a ripple effect that last a lifetime. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

How to Plan a Meaningful and Realistic Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2019 9:30:05 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: Trip Leader Tips

Organizing Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 21, 2019 2:52:04 PM

The old adage, “You’re only as good as the company you keep,” is certainly true when you’re chaperoning a field trip.

 

Planning chaperone groups in a thoughtful and intentional way will help everyone make the most of the educational experience. There are a few ways to help make that happen.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

3 Ideas for Incorporating Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 13, 2019 11:41:52 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.

 

But, we’re so busy! Why does computer science need to make its way into our classroom and field trip experiences?

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Topics: STEM

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 6, 2019 3:41:17 PM
As a student travel company, we work with some of the best teachers out there. They go the extra miles (literally... miles) to make a difference in the lives of their students. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, dedication, and most importantly, your ability to inspire so many people, including us.
 
This week, our Student Travel Consultants honor the teachers who have most influenced us over the years and we share the reasons why each teacher holds a special place in our hearts. 
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Topics: Teacher Appreciation

5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask About a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 26, 2019 8:38:42 AM

When a child comes home with a handout announcing a school trip, most parents begin asking when, why, and how much? These questions are rooted in the most innate of parent concerns including safety, spending, and security.


Here are five questions parents should ask about school trips and why it is important to know the answers.

 

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Topics: Parent Meeting

Advice for Managing Student Medications on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 12, 2019 11:28:56 AM

One of the most stressful responsibilities for chaperones on a student trip is dispensing medications. Not only is it nerve racking for medical and liability reasons, it also can be laborious, which can slow down a tour group and throw off a well-planned itinerary.

 

Here is advice for creating a plan to effectively manage the distribution of student medications while on a school trip. 

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

5 Tips for Dealing with School Trip Anxiety

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 30, 2019 9:12:23 AM

Many trip leaders and their students deal with travel-related anxiety. Finding ways to move through the discomfort is essential for enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience that an educational tour provides.

 

Here are five tips to help you and your students overcome the jitters.

 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Successful Student Trips Depend on a Great Team Lineup

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 20, 2019 4:14:39 PM

There are many people who make up a well-rounded student travel team. They are the get-it-done, supportive professionals who take the pressure off of you and who turn your ideas into amazing tour experiences.

 

Understanding what each team members does will help you rest assured knowing that every aspect of your tour will be well managed.

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

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