Here are two facts about me:
- I love teaching
- I hate field trips
If at all possible, I do not go OR I make sure they are in school field trips…everyone is well contained then and no one has to ride on the bus (shudder).
But sometimes it is inevitable, and one of those times was Tuesday.
We made our yearly trip to the Telus World of Science. Now if you have never been there before, it is a great place to go and learn about Science-y things and watch a cool IMAX movie. But when you are taking 68 8-year olds, it’s really the last place on earth you want to be (correction, the BUS is the last place you want to be, the Science center is the second last place)
The bus ride is loud, you get off and try to keep kids in some semblance of a line and move inside where you proceed to hang 68 coats while still trying to keep kids in a group…if it’s hard to picture, imagine herding cats…in a thunderstorm.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SmgLtg1Izw?rel=0&w=420&h=315]
Please know that I do not do this alone, that would be suicide. Parents are welcome and I strongly suggest that my student teachers come along for the rich experience it will give them.
I did have one mom say to me amid the yelling and chaos, “You do this everyday!” in astonishment.
I replied “Yep…and it’s just me in that room…”
I think she had a new appreciation for what I do.
As our program started and the kids calmed down, I remembered why, every year, we do this field trip. It really is kind of fun…
We build roller coasters.
All the stuff that is hard about a field trip kind of melts away when you watch kids explore, create, cooperate and problem solve. And the BEST part is when they come running to you excited to share their discovery and proud of their accomplishment.
Make no mistake…I hate field trips.
But boy I love teaching.