Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:50 AM

Hi -

I recently had an experience with a field assignment teacher who took her students on a field trip to a local museum. A couple of the students who were unable to go because they haven't turned in their permission slips or they didn't want to. Since it was only two students, the teacher decided to put them in another classroom until the others came back from the field trip.

How do you think the teacher should have approached this problem? It's not fair to the ones who did get their permission slips signed and want to go, and it's also an educational experience for students to visit museums with historical information.

Let me know if you have any ideas!

Thanks.
Jane

Jane Kim
Jane Kim
2130 Activity Points

Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:18 PM

There is really nothing the teacher could do. It is by law that without those permission slips the students cannot go. In any case for those students that did went could tell their classmates two to three things they learned about.

Jessica Orozco
Jessica Orozco
1140 Activity Points

Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:52 PM

Jane:
I have also experienced that situation. Without a permission slip the teacher is legally not allowed to take those two students. Unfortunately there are no ways to get around it. I am assuming that she reminded the two students numerous time to get the permission slips signed well in advance of the trip.
Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101470 Activity Points

Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:55 AM

I think other than reaching out to the parents and making them aware of the education opportunity their child may be missing out on, there is not much you can do. Maybe after the field trip you could have a class discussion about everything the students learned on a the museum so the students that didn't get to go could still learn something from the trip. 

Demi Andrews
Demi Andrews
685 Activity Points

Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:12 PM

The teacher acted correctly. Even if the teacher believes this is the best opportunity for the students to learn, rules are rules. It would be unfortunate if something were two happen to those two students outside of the classroom, when they were never allowed to leave. Hopefully, the teacher gave those students work that relates to whatever the field trip may have covered.

-Stephanie L.

Stephanie Lobo
Stephanie Lobo
435 Activity Points

Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:12 PM

I think that the teacher approached the problem in a reasonable way. The students were going to feel left out regardless because they were not with the class. This way they get to spend the days still part of a class. It would have been unfair for them to just sit in the office all day.

Rebecca Brockman
Rebecca Brockman
885 Activity Points

Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:22 PM

There's not much the teacher can do in this situation (as far as the trip goes). Students who do not return their permission slips are legally not allowed to go on the trip. However, the teacher should have something planned for just such an occasion. Even though students could not go on the field trip does not mean that they should not have some sort of an educational experience that day in school. This does not mean they will be doing worksheets all day. Instead, the teacher should have designed some sort of "fun" activity related to what students on the field trip would be learning. Maybe a scavenger hunt for items related to the field trip experience.

Scott Williams
Scott Williams
490 Activity Points

Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:55 PM

I actually just experienced this in the school that I'm interning for. Every year, the school plans a 4-day field trip to an adventure camp to learn about the Chesapeake Bay, its ecosystems, and how our actions affect them. This, of course, requires a permission slip in order for students to attend. A group of students were unable to turn in their permission slips, and thus couldn't participate. As an alternative, the teacher put together packets about the Chesapeake Bay that the students would complete while sitting in other classes in order for them to still gain the necessary information. While it is certainly not fair that the students left behind have to learn in this manner (especially if it wasn't their choice to stay behind), there isn't much of an alternative, though I do agree the alternative activities should be more engaging than a packet of worksheets. One thing that occurred to me is **if** the museum permits photography/ recording (some do), perhaps a student could volunteer to document the experience in order to show the other students upon return? Like a vlog of sorts? Or, as mentioned above, an oral/ written 'report' could also suffice in filling them in.

Brittney Geelhaar
Brittney Geelhaar
560 Activity Points

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