Tracie Hand is an American history teacher who’s brought classes to Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade. The trips have become a beloved tradition at her school, and over the years she’s picked up a few tricks for planning the very best student tour possible. Here are some of her favorites.
If you have an upcoming New York City student tour, prepare your class with a couple relevant lesson plans. Don’t know where to start? The city’s world-famous museums provide plenty of resources on the history, art, culture and nature of their hometown. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites for you.
While teachers would prefer it if their students prepared for their tests, rather than just guess on them, they surely will not mind if these youths follow their instincts during a guessing jar fundraiser. This method of raising money for educational travel opportunities is easy to implement, and most of all, quite fun! Use these six steps as a guide for helping your guessing jar fundraising efforts.
Meet Laura Stager. Laura is a science teacher and an expert educational traveler; she has brought 11- and 12-year olds to Washington, D.C. on three occasions and has traveled to Costa Rica with 12- to 15-year olds once. Laura also runs Compass Points Solutions, a supplementary educational program that provides programs and tutoring to students who are transitioning from elementary school to middle school. We caught up with her on her tips for enforcing behavior while on tour.
How do you make sure students are at the correct location at the correct time?
Before the results from the Brightspark Travel Photo Contest come in on July, 15, we want to showcase some of the awesome on-tour selfies we received. We'll also point out the creative techniques used to make these selfies so great!
Hey student travelers! The week of May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we bet your teacher has done a lot for you to be thankful for. If you are going on a student tour this week or in the near future, your teacher has put a lot of hard work into planning your trip. Here’s some ways you can show your teacher that you appreciate him or her while on tour:
Getting ready for a student tour? Before you take off, make sure you pack according to your destination and the time of year. We put together videos to help you pack for summer, winter and international tours. Bon voyage!
Planning your first educational tour? As fifth-grade teacher Mallory Sample prepares for her first Washington, D.C. student trip, she shares her experiences and advises, “Quit debating and start recruiting!”
While Brightspark tours are all about inspiring students, it’s often times parents and loved ones who put in the investment. Yet many of these parents don’t get to tag along on tour, meaning they won’t get to see how their investment paid off until kids come home giddy with tales.
When Susan Deely brought her students from San Diego to Washington D.C., she was prepared for plenty of Brightspark-style fun. But at the end of an inspirational trip filled with perfectly planned activities, lodging and meals, she was met by a surprise that wasn’t on the itinerary.