Orientation and Planning
Reasons why student orientation and planning pays off!
- Students can focus on exploring and investigation versus the novelty of the location.
- They don't have to worry about logistics like restrooms, schedule, eating etc.
- They understand the plan and purpose of the visit are more likely to stay focused.
- They have clear goals for their visit are less likely to race from one exhibit to another with little understanding.
- They get involved in the planning of the visit, take ownership and are less likely to misbehave.
To help with your orientation and planning we suggest the following process:
- Print out the following materials:
Teacher Checklist (pdf)
- Watch the Arrival and Departure Slide Show to become familiar with details of school trip arrivals and departures.
- Choose the exhibition(s) you want to visit in the time you have (older students can help choose exhibitions too)
- Choose the exhibits your students should visit or have students choose. Exhibits should help answer student-generated questions or relate to classroom curriculum.
- Print out the these materials:
Floor Plans-Maps (pdf)
On-Site Investigation Handout (pdf)
- Give copies of floor plans to each student, student group leaders or chaperones.
- Identify exhibits on floor plan map that students will visit.
- Tell students the schedule for the day.
- Make copies of Chaperone Guide and fill out logistical information. Give copies to chaperones.
- Put students in groups and tell them the name of their chaperone.
- Make sure students have materials for recording their findings at NYSCI. (see On-Site Investigation Handout)
- Remind students of any behavior expectations and purpose for the visit.