"Boarding the school bus and going somewhere far away" field trips might be tied with standardized testing as the least favorite part of school for teachers. I'm not a fan of such trips. The walking trips aren't so bad - they are nearby, not too long, and we don't have to get on a school bus. The school bus trips are the exact opposite of that. And they are exhausting. There's something about taking 24 kids out of the school boundaries that STRESSES ME OUT. I'm very responsible and take very good care of my students, but I am petrified that I'm going to lose one or forget one when we are of campus. Plus during field trips we are "on" the entire time. There's no down time - no recess, no lunch, no bathroom breaks. With the excitement of the trip itself, even the most well-behaved student loses his or her mind and all the school rules and procedures are forgotten.
Today's trip was to Oxnard to visit the Channel Islands visitor center where we learned about the local animals, the Chumash Indians, and got to visit the beach. It's about a 40 minute drive north in the car and about an hour and a half by school bus - noisy, hot then cold then hot then cold, uncomfortable school buses.
On our way!
Visiting the sea life at their little aquarium.
A visit to the observation tower to look out over the ocean and the harbor.
Up close and personal with the sea life.
Lunch and exploring on the beach.
Even though it was a beautiful day, and after all was said and done a fun field trip, this is how I felt after it was all over. Sadly, when you're the teacher you can't pass out in a bench seat on the school bus!