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Prioritizing Inclusion on School Trips

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

We've all seen it happen. For one reason or another, one student ends up sitting alone on the playground or at lunch. It could be because they're new to the school, or it could be they don't "fit in" with the other students. Whatever the reason, they aren't being included.

 

A recent article from Teach & Travel called "Prioritizing and Implementing Inclusion" encourages prioritizing inclusion on school trips. Let's take a look at some ways we can promote inclusion in our students, as well as ways we can make our itineraries more inclusive.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Emotional growth of tweens and teens

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

The Cost of School Trips & How to Explain the Value

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Next to safety, the most common question on the minds of parents when it comes to a school trip is, “How much is it going to cost?”

 

It doesn’t matter if you teach in the wealthiest zip code in the country, price is always part of the conversation. There are so many competing interests for a family’s financial resources, so it makes sense that the investment in a school trip be worthwhile and understood.

 

Let’s walk through five ways to explain the PRICE of an educational tour and three ways to make sure the VALUE of the experience is understood by families. 

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

6 Ways School Trips Can Teach Gratitude

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 31, 2020 11:00:00 AM

There are many lessons the pandemic has taught us, but one of the most important lessons is one of gratitude. Gratitude for the health of your family, gratitude for teachers who made and remade plans for their students, and gratitude to communities who rose up to help each other in times of crisis.

 

For teachers who lead student trips, it can be difficult to instill the importance of gratitude in teens and tweens who are still wired to focus on their own needs and wants. It takes a little extra work, but finding ways to show appreciation while on tour helps kids re-focus and build a more grateful mindset.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

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

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 26, 2020 11:00:00 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, Benefits of Student Travel

5 Things Tour Leaders Need to Know

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM

In the May 2020 Teach and Travel publication, an article by Julie Beck outlines the Top 10 Things Traveling Teaches Should Know. Focusing on her experience as an international traveler, Beck gives some helpful advice and inspirational wisdom for traveling teachers.

 

As someone who traveled locally and internationally during her tween and teen years, I loved her article. Planning a student trip is one of the greatest gifts a teacher can give their students.

 

Even if you're not traveling across oceans, your students still receive incredible benefits from the experience. Since Beck's article focused on international travel, I wanted to share Five Things Tour Leaders Need to Know when planning a trip to the Historic East Coast.

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

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

Top Ten Social Effects of Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jun 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

The Student & Travel Youth Travel Association administered a global survey of over 2,000 teachers and tour leaders over the course of two years to study the impact of youth travel on our students. Their findings suggest that "in the current globalized world, travel represents a vital learning experience, and not simply a luxury."  Travel provides relevance to today's students, who are often inundated with standardized tests and curriculum.  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Benefits of 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

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