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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

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

5 Questions Parents Should Ask About a School Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 26, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you had asked us six months ago what the three most common concerns parents had before sending their students on a school trip, I would have said affordability, what’s included, and security. It almost seems like six months ago was an entirely different world.

 

Nowadays, when a teacher announces an upcoming field trip, most parents begin asking “Is it safe to travel?” Parents, more than anyone, want to make sure it’s safe for their kids to begin exploring before sending them out on trips again.

 

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

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Safety

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

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

Four Virginia Museums with Free Teacher Resources

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Apr 24, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Looking for more online teacher resources to use while working from home? Check out our full listing on our Distance Learning web page.

 


 

Despite being closed, dozens of museums and historic sites in Virginia have remained active by sharing online resources for parents and teachers. Here are a couple of our favorite resources:

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Teacher Resources

Free Online Teacher Resource Guide

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Apr 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

In light of this pandemic, we know most schools have chosen to shut their doors for the rest of the year and switch to distance learning. For many teachers, that means you've lost access to many classroom resources because you have to work from home. But that doesn't mean your students are unable to experience museums, theater, or historic sites!

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Teacher Resources

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day - Free Resources!

Did you know that National Contitution Day is coming up on December 15th?  If you're a teacher, rest assured that the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia, PA has all the resources you need to commemorate the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution!  Check out the free resources and lesson plans in today's blog post.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Historic Attractions, Teacher Resources, School Trip to Philadelphia

Our Top 5 Favorite Back to School  Educators' Resources

“Back to School” is just around the corner - and we at NationsClassroom are teachers’ biggest fans.  And we’re not alone. The historic attractions on our tours love supporting teachers; in fact, most of the attractions offer virtual Classroom Resources designed to enhance learning without having to leave the classroom.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite “Educator Resources” from some of NationsClassroom’s most popular historical east coast destinations.

 

So even if a school trip isn’t in your immediate future this year, we encourage you to take a look at these resources designed to make learning history come to life in the classroom. 

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Teacher Resources

Five Unique Experiences You Can Easily Add to a Trip to D.C.

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 15, 2019 7:41:52 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 in these great cities.

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, School Trip to Colonial Virginia, School Trip to D.C., School Trip to Gettysburg, School Trip to Philadelphia

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