Oversight of Extracurricular Money

By Charles K. Trainor

Can you recall a favorite field trip in your youth? For many students, field trips are among the most memorable of their educational experiences. These activities provide a welcome break from classroom routine. Veteran teachers have long recognized that these events go beyond just providing a change of scenery-- they have the potential to enhance classroom curriculum.

For example, an amusement park trip provides the ideal setting for a physics lesson as students gain understanding by experiencing the centrifugal force produced by a spinning ride. Similarly, a botanic garden visit offers lessons in plant life cycles or the intricacies of pollination. Trips focused on foreign language immersion offer students the opportunity to converse with local residents in a manner unavailable in the classroom. 

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