Children are sent to school for one purpose: their future. Formal education has become an integral part of human society and has been held in great esteem throughout history. Even today, people look upon the great philosophers with such respect that we still study their knowledge, discoveries, and ideas.
As early as 3 or 4 years of age, children are sent to school to learn basic know-how, which, depending on their aptitude, is developed later in life. However, what they learn inside the classroom is only a sneak peek to the reality that is life.
So how can you, as an educator, be able to give your students a practical view of what you’re teaching them?
Tours and Field Trips
Educational field trips have been a part of school activities for a long time. Their aim is to show students places of great significance and let them experience and learn about various topics.
Notable settings are historical places such as museums and art galleries, unique natural formations, and even churches. While it’s easy to look for and read about them in books and the internet, seeing them first hand and up close will give them a better grasp of their importance.
Guides for church history and other tours are available and can help you explain everything about them. They may even have trivia that’s not published in your textbooks.
Aside from historical sites, going to places such as local restaurants as well as the theater can help you teach your students about many cultural-related concepts. An important part of a culture is how their delicacies evolved to the degree that it set their identity.
For that reason, local restaurants hold a special place in society and often go hand in hand with the history of the place. As for plays and theater, they can give your students a different kind of experience while learning something new.
Entertainment today is far from what it used to, and film viewings just don’t capture the appeal of watching a play unfold in front of their eyes.
With a lot of occurrences going on outside of the classroom, there’s much for students to learn about people, society, and how they live as a community. While you could cover topics such as that in social studies classes, you could only go as far as discussing terminologies and definitions.
Knowing that fact, a better way to educate your students about how society works is to let them experience it. You can conduct community engagements such as clean-up drives or visiting a local non-profit charity organization to understand better the importance of being a member of a community.
Students regard teachers and educators like you as second parents in the classroom. You’re responsible for molding the minds of the youth to prepare themselves for a brighter future.
While you have multiple resources that you can use while inside the premises of the school, it’s important to know that what they learn inside it should be used in real life, it’s valuable for them to be ready for that event that will come once they’ve finished their studies. Experience is still the best teacher, and that calls for the right ones.