If you are an educator in a school then it’s likely that you think that most learning can only take place in the classroom and that it is the only setting where you can keep your student’s attention and really drill into them the importance of knowledge. You are correct up to a point but there comes a time when even children just switch off and they are no longer keeping the information that you are teaching them in their heads. School can become quite repetitive after a time and children spend most of their week in a learning environment and they would just like to learn somewhere different.
This is why many schools create a travel curriculum for their students because they know and understand the importance of school trips and the need for children to travel all around the country and indeed the world. It can be quite easy and straightforward to create a travel training curriculum that incorporates all of the subjects that you teach in the classroom but it also gives your students some real life experience of this learning. If you’re not still sold on the benefits of travel for all of our children including your students then maybe the following can help to change your mind.
- Learning by seeing – If you are history teacher and you’re teaching your kids about famous buildings and structures from Australia’s past then there is no better way to actually show them what it looks like rather than in a book by getting them out there and including some essential and needed curriculum travel into their learning lives.
- Exposure to other cultures – We have so many wonderful cultures within Australia and children seldom get an opportunity to experience any outside their own culture. By taking steps and creating a travel and tourism curriculum, you’re taking real steps to expose these kids to the aboriginal life for example and this gives them a better understanding of their country, where they come from and what you have taught them in the classroom.
By exposing your students to real-life situations, you’re putting them into situations that they have no experience of or that they are not comfortable in. This will provide them with the necessary life skills that they are going to need as they go out into the real world and live their lives. Everyone knows that travel broadens the mind and this is even more applicable when it comes to young students with enquiring minds.