I’ve been in heavy field trip mode now for about a week. First there was the sixth grade’s overnight to Boston.
It turns out that the Boston Museum of Science has a great program. You bring your school group and arrive after normal closing time at 5:00pm. You eat dinner in the cafeteria overlooking the Charles River, and then you get the run of the museum, with a crowd of other kids that’s about a quarter of the size of the regular museum crowd. The staff puts on special demonstrations, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser. Then, you get out your bedding, and camp in one of the museum exhibit halls. We got the Inquiry hall, where kids go to learn how to be scientists by asking questions.
I’m currently in DC on my seventh grade’s major field trip. I have lots of friends in and around DC, and I’d love to be able to see them, but in truth we have the kids running around doing all sorts of stuff. I haven’t wanted to go out and see anyone because by the time we get to the hotel in the evening — the kids aren’t the only ones wiped out.
All in all it’s been fun, but I’m looking forward to getting back to the classroom — on Monday.