- Support IST
IST Field Trips are literally trips to the field. In line with our experiential or skills-based or learning-by-doing approaches, Trips allow students to see in real life what they will be, are or have been studying, and so they always have pedagogical objectives. They do not mean bowling nor movies nor trips to the park. Field Trips are integral to the IST experience and complement the expert Visitors regularly brought in to speak to students.
Every Unit of Inquiry includes at least one Field Trip. Pre-School students typically take one Trip in a big yellow school-bus where the entire planning group (all P3 or P4 or P5 classes togther). Junior Schools students typically take 2 - 3 per Language A class where they shoot off for an hour, and then return to make use of their experiences or of the data they have collected. We have 27 pages of Field Trip opportunities in and around Tucson!!
Our students need to get out and about to know about where we live and what happens around us. We need to consider local resources and opportunities in choosing our Inquiries. Uplift and volcanic action affected our region; glaciers did not. Sun safety and responses to water scarcity are important concerns for Tucson; dealing with frostbite and levee construction are not. Javelinas and coyotes are in; pandas and koalas not.
In designing our Programme of Inquiry, we have two guiding principles -
Field Trips also allow us further to develop our programme values - respect, responsibility, curiosity, enthusiasm.