Candid Teacher Admits: Our field trip was actually fantastic!
I did not think the field trip would go very well. Today was our first and only trip to see Seussical the Musical, performed by a local community college. I thought the play would be enjoyable, but that the students would be a little wild. My students have left their brains behind on spring break, and this made me fear for the trip. Taking students out of the safe bubble of the school and into the “real” world is always nerve-wracking. Granted, field trips to plays are, more or less, the easiest trip to manage due to the fact that the children sit the entire time. Even so, I was nervous.
I was fortunate in that I had my assistant and 3 parents along on the trip. One of the parents was invited because her child has trouble controlling impulses. He calls out and gets up whenever he desires. I hope the experience was an eye-opening one for her. Though the students all became restless toward the end (it was an hour and a half; even I was squirming a bit), this particular student called out, turned around in his seat, kicked his legs, made noises, and so forth constantly. And, as luck would have it, this attitude was contagious to the child sitting next to him as well.
Other than that and a child who wet herself on the bus on the way home (poor thing), it was a success! I enjoyed the peformance as much as, if not more than, my students. The play had catchy songs, interesting variations on the Dr. Seuss’ stories, and meaningful messages.
Now, if only I could get these songs out of my head… “Oh the things you can think, hmm hm hm hm hm hmm…”.