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Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach

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Managing Screen Time on School Trips

One of the greatest challenges many teachers and trip leaders face when embarking on a trip with students is how to manage technology use and screen time.  On one hand, smartphones and tablets allow our students to have access to apps and instant information that can support learning and enhance the trip experience.  But when do these apps and tools cross the line into becoming a distraction?  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Educational Offerings at the American Civil War Museum

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The American Civil War Museum is a multi-site museum uniquely tailored to educators and learners, offering visitors experiences with varying levels of involvement and time-commitments to meet your group’s needs. 


Here's what you need to know before booking your visit. 

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Teaching Six Big Ideas In the Constitution

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

On June 15, 1215, King John signed Magna Carta at Runnymede.


According to the Library of Congress, Magna Carta exercised a strong influence both on the United States Constitution and on the constitutions of the various states.

There were two big ideas of Magna Carta that can be seen throughout most of America's constitutional documents: that every citizen had a right to personal freedom and private property (National Constitution Center).


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Topics: Teacher Resources, School Trip to Philadelphia

Trip Leaders: 4 Tips to Help Students Overcome the Fear of Flying

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM

For most students, embarking on a school-sanctioned class trip is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for a few, it can be a source of great anxiety. The biggest cause of that anxiety is most often the fear of flying.

And they are not alone.  


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Topics: Travel Safety, Airport Travel

Field Trips Linked to Stronger Test Scores and School Engagement

Researchers at the University of Arkansas’ National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab have released two papers with some significant implications for classroom teachers and parents: students who attend multiple arts field trips have higher levels of social-emotional skills, stronger school engagement, and higher standardized test scores.  


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Topics: Benefits of Student Travel

When Women Lost the Vote - Special Exhibit Opens in Fall 2020

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Aug 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

We all know that American women were granted the right to vote when the 19th amendment was ratified in August of 1920.  But did you know that women and free people of color were legally able to vote for years in New Jersey a century earlier?  


The newest groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of the American Revolution will explore the history of America's first women voters and examine the reasons why this right was eventually stripped away from them nearly 30 years later.  Visitors to historic Philadelphia and the popular Museum of the American Revolution won't want to miss this new exhibition opening soon.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to Philadelphia

3 Simple Tips Teachers can do in Summer to Prepare for Fall

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jul 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

June is here, the summer solstice has come and gone, and most teachers are officially on summer vacation.  Nothing is more important for teachers than taking some time for self-care and relaxation before the next school year begins in September (or at least before the “Back to School” signs come out in mid-July). 


But before you completely disconnect for summer, here are three easy steps you can take to make sure the next school year begins smoothly. And it won’t take you longer to do than one episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.  I promise. So open up a blank google doc or take out your bullet journal and reflect on these three questions...

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Topics: Teacher Resources

The Horse Statue Symbolism... Fact or Myth?

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jul 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you have visited Gettysburg National Park, you've seen at least one of the 1,328 monuments, markers, and memorials that are on display across the historic battlefield. You may have even seen one of them any statues of generals mounted on horseback.


But have you heard the urban legend of the horse statue hoof symbolism?


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Topics: School Trip to Gettysburg

Study Links Personal Development with Student Travel

A survey of almost 1,500 U.S.-based teachers, commissioned by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA), found what we at NationsClassroom already know to be true: teachers believe that travel is instrumental to a child’s growth and development.

Travel tied to your curriculum will naturally result in academic gains and increased knowledge retention. In fact, we have an entire blog post dedicated to how students can exceed curriculum standards on a school trip.   

But aside from curriculum gains, the study reported in Travel and Leisure Magazine found that 74 percent of educators believed that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development.”  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Benefits of Student Travel

July 2nd or July 4th - When is Independence Day?

Happy Independence Day from our team at NationsClassroom Tours. Wherever you're located, we hope you're enjoying the day with family, friends, and barbecue. 


Even though we celebrate Independence Day on the fourth of July, there have been disagreements about the "true" independence day since 1776!


If you asked the Founding Father's when American's Independence Day should be celebrated, you'd likely receive many different answers.

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Topics: School Trip to Philadelphia

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