Good trip, bad trip

NY Teacher took her second and third graders from their Brooklyn school on a field trip to the Met to see the Egyptian collection. The kids loved it so much, many are “pressuring their parents to take them back . . . with the free family passes the museum gave us.”

Then the third graders were taken on a field trip to Toys ‘R Us and McDonald’s in Times Square. She asks: What was the point?

Via Gotham Schools.

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  1. Hard to say that there was little or no value, given that no one is looking at the lesson plan. NY Teacher sort of plays gotcha a bit by asking the kids if their teacher told them anything about Times Square. Are there third grade lessons that might connect to these venues? Making change? Some entrepreneurial concept?

    Likewise, I cannot say that the Egypt trip was inherently more connected to any learning in an organized way. I suggest that NY Teacher should be talking to her colleagues about what they were teaching on their trip. Maybe it was nothing–on the other hand, perhaps it was something very profound in a uniquely attractive situation. Something the kids will recall every time they walk into one of those venues–which is often.

  2. To respond to Margo/Mom–There was no lesson plan for the trip. Our school doesn’t require that. You don’t even have to have a compelling sentence about the purpose of the trip. I’m not suggesting that there is no possible way this type of trip could be educational (a commenter on my blog suggested a way she could make it educational and Margo/Mom suggested another) I am just saying that it was definitely not the case in this trip. As for the trip that I took my students on, it was, as I wrote in my blog, connected to our year-long Flat Stanley Project.

  3. John Drake says:

    Margo/Mom will defend *anything*.