For many of us, taking a field trip was one of the best parts of going to school. You get to leave the school and venture out into something new. Field trip day usually meant no classes and no homework. Still, even at a field trip, your teacher is planning, ever so aware of the many benefits that complement a well-planned field trip.
Field trips complement the instruction of the classroom. In many cases, science teachers and scientists alike are thankful for field trips. Field trips help express the teachings and procedures of scientific experiments by allowing the students to see, touch, feel and sometimes smell the products and materials of the experiment and its outcomes.
Improved Cognitive Skills
Field trips help improve students' cognitive and inquiry skills while increasing their self-confidence and overall knowledge. The new environment and information provided by the field trip stimulates the children's awareness, opens their perception and increases their reasoning abilities.
It is human nature to recall information that you have seen and experienced before recalling information that you have read or been lectured on. Field trips allow students to improve their recall abilities, allowing them to see and experience their teachings.
The improved cognitive skills and hands-on experience stimulates and motivates the student. This stimulation results in improved learning and higher student academic performances in all subject areas.
Field trips open the eyes of students, not only with information but with ideas. Many students begin to consider future professions that they would not have considered before attending a field trip. They find interest in subjects and areas that never interested them before.
Virtual Field Trips
With ongoing financial struggles, schools have begun to introduce virtual field trips. Virtual field trips provide some of the same benefits of regular benefits while reducing costs and improving safety. Virtual field trips also push the students to improve their technology and navigation skills.
Article Written By Charmayne Smith
Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.