Location: norwalk, California, United States

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Prepare!!!...The Hathaway Ranch Museum is free for all, but they do accept donations. With a full classroom, it would be appropriate to donate for their time.

Calling in advance is needed to check if they can provide more than one tour guide. Having only one tour guide for a whole class would be difficult because the students will more likely lose interest fast. It is easier to have students divided into several groups in order to keep them in order. Dividing students will require parent volunteer's to come along and keep an eye on a group. Space is very limited in the museum, for that reason different groups are needed.

The teacher should also call and check if there are any bilingual tour guides. If none are available, it would be wise to keep the Ell students that may need translation with a parent or teacher that is bilingual.

Lastly, before starting the tour, it would be wise to remind these students to stay in their group and not touch anything. Students should be reminded of the consequences that will arise if directions are not followed.


Blogger Kelly said...

you brought up very good points in preparation for this field trip. It is important that if you have EL students in your class that their are bilingual group leaders, or bilingual parent volunteers. Also, having the conversation with the students about their behavior before the trip, and letting them know their consequences in advance will enforce their good behavior.

September 12, 2009 at 8:10 PM  

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