What made an impression on you when you were in school? What caused you to be who you are today? Maybe it was a particular teacher, completing a project, listening to a guest speaker or maybe it was even going on a field trip that had an impact on your learning. In a time where many schools are tightening their budgets and cutting funds for field trips, Chase is not. We value and recognize the importance of learning beyond the campus.
Chase is four weeks into the school year and each division has already taken part in different trips off campus. The faculty started the trend of learning beyond the campus by spending a day at Greater Waterbury YMCA's Camp Mataucha, where the focus was on teamwork, trust and communication. The Upper School was the next group to undergo learning off campus. Each grade level shared social experiences that provided opportunities for them to encounter and explore novel situations in an authentic setting. Even our youngest learners in PreK ventured off campus last week to visit Averill Farm. The sixth and seventh graders just returned from Silver Lake where they worked in groups to learn how to trust and communicate with one another. This is only the beginning and there are more valuable learning experiences scheduled throughout the year.
Going on field trips allows students to become more empathetic, tolerant and develop critical thinking skills.
As educators, we value the importance of field trips, but why specifically? There are a number of significant benefits. Learning outside the classroom is one of the best tools teachers can use to provide every student with real-world experiences. When students leave the classroom, they see the connections between what is happening at school and in the "real world." They begin to see what they learn within the walls of the classroom can help them solve the problems they see in the world around them. Field trips also provide students access to tools and environments that are not available at school. These environments solidify learning and support important academic concepts. Going on field trips allows students to become more empathetic, tolerant and develop critical thinking skills.
While field trips can take a great deal of work and planning, we believe that broadening the horizons of the students is well worth it and it's our duty to make them possible.
- Mrs. McGuire
Head of Lower School