I’ve had the opportunity over the past year to see and experience some of the sites that our schools travel to – and we have many – most of our trips occur in the Calgary area, but we also have trips that go out all around Alberta. We have trips to various locations in Canada, such as West Coast sailing trips and trips to Quebec for French language practice and development. A few students also get the opportunity to travel internationally.
What I’ve learned is that teachers (as well as their Assistant Principals & Principals) work very hard – harder than most realize - to provide these opportunities because they see the great educational value in these experiences.
This is part of the reason that we work to help schools through the process of planning and completing the forms that are necessary for field trips. We want to help make sure students get many opportunities to have a learning experience that just may be life changing.
If you’ve had a great experience on a field trip, please share below and make sure to say “Thanks!” to your teacher(s) and Principal & Assistant Principal for the work they’ve done in organizing that opportunity.
Mark Bylsma (@mbylsma) is currently the Off-Site Activities Coordinator for the Calgary Board of Education. He’s a dad, husband, enjoys most sports, and particularly enjoys brewing a really good cup of coffee. He tries to learn something new every day and his two kids usually make sure he does.