One aspect of my Educational Philosophy that I didn't touch on before has to do with field trips. I don't think I've ever voiced my opinion about them before or stressed to families why I thought they should come. Better break that silence and let the world know: Field Trips are an ESSENTIAL part of life, particularly in the educational years of children and youth. Throughout this post you can see some snapshots of great field trips we went on in the 2012-2013 school year.
I would encourage you to think about field trips you could take your children on and what the purpose of those field trips would be. Ask yourself a few key questions, "What is worthy and requiring of understanding? What is evidence of understanding? What learning experiences and teaching promote understanding, interest, and excellence?" I'd recommend you get your hands on a book called "Understanding by Design" (I have a first edition copy if anyone wants to borrow it). When children are small these questions have simple answers, the important part of it (to me at least) is that we as the adults are taking on the responsibility of raising our children and sharing knowledge intentionally. We don't just sit idly and discover that life has passed us by without a thought.