The Benefits Of School Field Trips

Learning is a long journey we all have been through on different occasions. We are all life-long learners, no matter how old we are. We learn new things every day.

Have you ever thought about the things that you have done at school, were they relevant to the real world situations? Did they make you who you are today? Possible examples are team working projects, guest speakers, or field trips that helped you to learn. Many factors also help facilitate fast and efficient learning, and school field-trips are productive activities for students. 

Each student is unique, and each one comes to class with different world experiences. We know that students who are exposed to many different things do better in school. In order to become successful learners, students need to connect what they study to what they experience in real life. To think critically, students need to have a variety of real-life experiences.

As teachers, we know that field trips are incredibly vital. There are a number of significant benefits:


1. Connects Students To the Real World 

School field trips provide each student with real-world experiences. They provide the most important tools that help students make a connection between what has been taught in the class and what is happening in the real world. Whether the trip is to a museum, university, factory, hospital, community garden, or a supermarket. These field-trips help students to use their critical thinking skills, and help them to solve real-life problems and can even have a direct impact on their identities.


2. Eliminate Classroom Boredom 

 Learning outside of the box promotes excitement and happiness. School field trips deepen students’ understanding for better learning. They are motivating and engaging for students, whereas students explore and experience new ideas and places that contribute to reinforce the knowledge base and the ability to communicate. Field trips erase the boredom of the classroom lesson, even if it’s just for one day. However, it awakens the student’s interest to learn and get new learning information, no matter how boring the subject is in theory.


3. Learning Outside the Classroom Improves Relationships 

Improving social skills is one of the most important goals for any teacher. Helping children to develop these important skills requires a different set of strategies in each stage of development.


4. Field-Trips Improve Academic Achievement

There is evidence from research, and from my own experience, that field-trips bring better results in the process of teaching and learning. Learning does not happen only in school. Often real life learning is even more powerful and makes students more likely to better understand a topic. Such integration helps students to perform better in their tasks and projects.


Therefore, field trips are great tools to build and enhance relationships as well as personal development and wellbeing of students. They can communicate better with each other including their teachers and peers. Overall, field trips provide an excellent way of expanding social, communication, and gross motor skills.