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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.
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    What a great day your 7th Graders must have had. My Great Uncle was on Titanic (still is) as a steward. He was getting people out and got swept by the water apparently - or so the family tale goes.
    I started to be fascinated by Titanic when I was about 9 or 10. We discussed it in school, I went to tell my parents and they brought an uncle round with the family scrap book. It was amazing. All old newspaper cuttings, ancient family pictures and all sorts. I believe there were napkins, a menu and other assorted bits and bobs.

    Perhaps you will get to go back to the exhibition and have a good look round yourself, without the children..
    4229 days ago
    Actually I had already seen it with my two nieces this summer. I was worried that younger kids, 4th and 5th grade might not understand the significance of these artifacts but they were enthralled. We spend almost 3 hours between the exhibit and omni film that goes with it.
    4229 days ago
    Sounds like a great field trip and I understand about your excitement over not saying a word and getting to the 3 count and silence fell (I have a 6th and 9th grader in my house so I know what it can be like to wrangle 350 12-13 y.o. kids).

    You, your fellow teachers and the parent supervisors are very brave, I know I wouldn't be able to handle a group that large without some therapy afterwards....LOL.

    Sounds like the exhibit was a success and very engaging for everyone.
    4230 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Sounds like the entire group of 7th grades had a great field trip and behaved quite well. I think you need to go back to get the entire tour, as you were too busy with keeping track of the students. Go back an enjoy the Titanic.
    4230 days ago
    Awesome. Glad you and your students had such a positive experience. Now go this weekend and see it with your family. My son (21) and his friend and I went to see it last summer when it was in Pittsburgh - I thought the boys wouldn't be interested, but they enjoyed it as much as I did.
    4230 days ago
    Sounds like you all had a great time! I am pleased.

    4230 days ago
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