While not every class has applicable field trip options, the ones that do certainly do not use them enough. This year I have been on three field trips, the most I have ever been on in my four years at Bullis. My field trips included two trips to the C&O Canal for my Environmental Science class and one trip to Congress for my American Government class.
These field trips were amazing opportunities to take the lessons I had learned in the classroom and apply them to the “field”. The reason I valued these field trips was because they were very fun, but more importantly they were valuable to my learning because they gave me a chance to apply classroom lessons to real life situations. To learn a fact is one thing, to have the chance to apply that fact to actual scenarios is another.
Being in the field gave me the chance to really study and understand the subject matter that was taught earlier in the classroom. It gave me a new sense of depth in the subject and allowed me to understand it in a different way.
Every student values field trips for their exciting air and applicable lessons and this is why the classes that can should offer more field trips.
According to Kali Engel (’14), “We don’t have any field trips, I wish we had more. I think they are fun and good opportunities to get out of classroom but with a purpose.”
Kirby Porter (’14) says, “Thursday is my first field trip ever at Bullis. They are good opportunities and I feel like Bullis doesn’t offer enough of them.”
Ogulcan Atakoglu (’14) can’t even recall the last field trip he went on at Bullis.
Bullis students truly value the opportunity to step outside the classroom and look at things in real life. Bullis should definitely try to make more opportunities to take students on field trips when possible. There is no doubt that it is a fun, exciting, and great way to encourage students to take the lessons they learn in the classroom and expand them to the real world.