This is why school trips are a good idea. They allow students to experience learning in a new environment and see how the skills they are learning in class will benefit them in life. They will also aid the development of life skills and will allows students to become more independent. Classroom teaching is usually aimed towards the least able of the group, so that they do not get left behind. School trips benefit the more able students as it gives them the opportunity to learn independently and take on as much or as little extra information as they wish to.
Every student learns differently. Some learn better by doing, some learn better by watching and listening. School trips allow a different way of learning which may suit some students better than classroom learning does. They are also often very memorable, and when students can make links between the things they learn on a trip and what they have learnt in class it will help them to take in and understand the information.
By allowing students the chance to learn independently outside of the classroom, teachers will also benefit, as they will be able to get to know each student better and find out more about how different students like to learn. They may pick up some ideas from this to use in class, helping all students to learn to the best of their ability in class. Because students have more freedom on trips, they are unlikely to be learning in a way they do not enjoy. This means that teachers can see what students are interested in and mould their lessons to make them enjoyable and interesting for everyone.
There are many opportunities for school trips in Europe and all over the world. Every subject has potential trip destinations, and many places can help educate students about more than one subject. School trips to Italy hold potential for history students to explore the remains of ancient Rome, geography students to visit the active volcanoes, art students to visit some of the galleries and more. France school trips allow students the opportunity to study the architecture of famous buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, witness and find inspiration from some of the most prestigious fashion shows, visit some beautiful galleries and museums… there are so many possibilities offered by each and every destination that not taking a trip away from the norm of the classroom seems crazy!
Whether you want to take a day trip in the UK, spend a couple of days exploring Europe or stay for weeks in a completely unfamiliar country halfway across the world, there all kinds of trips available to suit all your needs. There really aren’t any limits and you can find anything from school trips to Italy, to trips across the globe to China or Australia. Whatever subject you are teaching, whatever topic you are covering, and however long you want to go for, you are guaranteed to find a trip that’s perfect for you and your students.