I survived the field trip!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Today we (7th grade teachers) took the entire 7th grade, 350 students, to the Science Museum to view the Titanic exhibit. The exhibit is very interesting, from the staff in character as crew members, the personal effects and reading the numbers of the saved and lost on the memorial wall. Our students were really excited to attend which surprised me. I thought we might have to do a bit of convincing to get them to engage in a review of the Titanic's tragic maiden voyage. I heard one student say he was tired because he couldn't sleep last night, he was so excited. They did well. They were respectful, okay, as respectful as a 7th grader can be...they only set off the alarms on the artifact boxes about 9 times before they figured out that they could not put their assignment on the box to write on it. We walked a lot, we talked a lot. I did not see much of the exhibit, I was busy tracking and counting the my group of students. We finished off our day viewing the omni movie about Titanic. I fretted about them being noisy (they were during the credits of the movie), rude (they weren't), and not picking up after themselves (they did). All in all it was a good day. My proudest moment for me was when I stood up on the bus, said nothing, raised 1 finger, then 2, and by 3 they bus was quiet and I was able to take attendance. That sound like not a big deal but really that was a huge leap in 7th grade behavior! And I had parents on the bus to witness it! Woohoo!
We did have one student who had never been to the science museum before. He was so enthralled with the exhibits he never noticed that we had all left and boarded the busses. He wasn't being naughty, he was completely engaged.