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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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3 Ideas for Using Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 7, 2020 10:00:00 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, Teacher Resources

7 Things to Know Before Traveling by Motor Coach on Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you are taking students on an educational or performance tour, chances are you’ll find yourself on a coach bus for transportation. Whether you ride the coach to your destination or board one once your flight lands, you'll spend a considerable portion of your time traveling on board.

 

Here are seven things to consider before climbing aboard that will help your group make the most of your time on the road.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Motorcoach Travel

Get Administration to Say YES to Your School Trip

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

More than ever, students need their teachers to be strong advocates for the value of experiential and hands-on learning. One of the best hands-on learning experiences is participating in a school trip.

 

If you are getting ready for a discussion with your administration about an educational trip, it helps to understand potential concerns and be prepared to answer challenging questions. 

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

How School Trips Support the Emotional Growth of Teens

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2020 11:15:00 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

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

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

5 Ways To Deal With School Trip Anxiety

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 1, 2020 11:15:00 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

What to Do for Students Who Don’t Go on the Class Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Teachers organizing a class trip often need to plan ahead for two groups: the students who go on the  trip and those who don’t join the group due to behavior, family choice, or other reasons.

 

Planning ahead for the stay-back group will ensure their time has an educational focus that is aligned with the lessons being learned by their classmates. 

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

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