Thursday, April 13, 2017

Educational Field Trips by Mike Siekkinen

I love a good field trip! My students do also. The chance to leave school for the day and visit somewhere, anywhere, can be a really fun and educational time for students and teachers. I have been my school’s “field trip guy” for many years now. I take my classes (team) on field trips at least once a quarter. When I first started this many years ago, I was told this was difficult, dangerous and expensive. With proper planning and research, field trips are high points of the year for all of us.

First, choose a place that can relate to your curriculum. If you are a biology teacher this may be a national park, a zoo, or a museum. For history, look around your area for historical sites or perhaps even in your home town. Many of these sites can be free for educational groups or very reasonable. I use a local military base, local historical sites, state parks and also cultural celebrations in the local area. 

Most of my trips, I only have to pay for transportation. I fund my field trips (as my district has no funding for field trips) by student donations. I have also been blessed to receive the Target Field Trip Grant a number of years ($700 per year). My field trips are always linked to instruction. For instance, I visit Okefenokee State Wildlife refuge. I link this to standards we have to teach in science, history and we always include writing assignments and research before and after each field trip as well as we finds a way to work in mathematics. Most school systems have some procedure and required paperwork to do before going on a field trip. Ask your principal what the district’s policies are regarding trips. Mine is supportive though I have to find my own money. With good planning, field trips are a great way to get students and teachers out of the classroom to show students real life applications to what they learned at school!

Dr. Mike Siekkinen, a retired U.S. Navy submariner, became a teacher as a second career. He teaches history at St Marys Middle School as well as Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State in Georgia.

Online Quiz Contest ...Students Can Win Headphones

Each month teachers/educators who have setup a classroom and received a classroom code with, can have their students log into the Student Zone and take our quizzes. Students who score 75% or higher on a quiz will be eligible to receive a special pair of Boompod Headpods Headphones. One eligible winner will be randomly selected at the end of each month, and will be announced on the first working day of the next month.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bulletin Board Battle - Spring Edition, Final Contest

This is not an April Fool's joke, this is the final Bulletin Board Battle Contest for the year so don't let it hop away! Brush up on your decorating skills and brighten your classroom with our Bulletin Board Battle this month! Submit a photo of your Spring or April themed bulletin board on our social media pages or email it to [email protected]. Winner gets a $25 Amazon gift card and this month's mystery gift. Show your love for bulletin boards and upload your creativity today!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Sneaker Money

Meet teenage entrepreneur and “sneakerhead” Chase Reed, whose business Sneaker Pawn is helping the people of his neighborhood. Sneakers as currency and collateral? Yes!

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