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October 10, 2013

Why We Need More Field Trips

by Jiłah Maldonado

A couple weeks ago, Centennial’s Zoology classes took a trip to Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. What was significant was how much information was absorbed outside of the classroom.  This brings up a significant question.

Are field trips worth the time and money that is invested?

Speaking for myself and my fellow classmates, we believe that field trips are fantastic ways to not only have a great time, but to also learn and process information in a completely different way.  The fact is that studying out of a biology book about cells in a classroom setting is not the same as hearing a true professional physically show us specimens first hand. The excitement and enthusiasm outside of the classroom is raised to a level that teachers often wish to see while their students are in their seats, but it does not always seem to happen that way .

We are teenagers, and yes we can focus in a school setting, but taking field trips are far more enjoyable and we do learn a lot, if the trip is picked for the right purpose. So teachers, let’s talk about learning outside the class, and in result,  you will see that our knowledge will expand, majors that we were never exposed to will be at are fingertips, and students can figure out for themselves that school does not have to feel like a chore.

What do other students have to say about this?

Centennial senior Sammy Lack says, “Field trips are a hands-on activity that can be way more effective than just doing work in the classroom. It is more engaging, more interesting, and allows students to use multiple senses. It has been proven that the more the senses are used in a learning environment, the more the concepts or ideas will stick. Working every day in a classroom is bland. The days blend together and become hard to distinguish from the other. Field trips offer a variety of learning that helps everyone out.”

The following are pictures taken from the Zoology trip that I had been wanting to share for those interested.

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