Necessary for success of unit:
What would I do differently or remember to include next time?
I am disappointed that I did not take photos of my students on a regular basis. No one remembered to bring a camera along on our trip. Also, student work should be collected and saved for future reference.
If possible, another trip to the Museum with the same students should be planned. It would be interesting to see how much the children remember from their experiences, and what they would like to do again or try again.
Try to coordinate our trip and the unit (experiments/activities) with
our (School District of Philadelphia) curriculum guidelines and timeline
better. We worked continuously on the unit until the trip, and as a
result we were delayed in beginning the next topic. My concern is that we
cover all the topics in the curriculum, and at the suggested pace.
For the most part, I feel the unit went well. The trip was certainly
a highpoint in the entire unit. The children were motivated to learn
and excited about going on a class trip. The children were encouraged
to learn and be prepared so they would appreciate the trip and the exhibits
more. The trip and the entire unit were tremendously worthwhile learning
experiences for all.
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