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Traveling Teacher Shares On-Tour Behavioral Tips

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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?

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9 Tips for Taking a Great Selfie

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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!

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Teacher Appreciation Week: How to Show Your Appreciation on Tour

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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:

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[Videos] Packing For Your Student Tour

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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!

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Teacher Shares Experience Planning Her First Student Tour

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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!”

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How To Keep Parents Informed During Your Student Tour

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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.

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On Tour Surprises: A Penguin Walks Onto a Plane...

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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.

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Music Please, Maestro

Written by Brightspark Travel

Traveling with a group is always challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the work involved. This is especially true when traveling with a school music group. Taking a music group on the road offers your students wonderful opportunities to play in some of the best venues in the world and have that once-in–a-lifetime performance experience. To make sure your students are given the optimal chance to perform their best, work with your travel partner in advance to ensure they know exactly what you need. Here are some important questions to ask:

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On the Road With a Brightspark Tour Director

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The job of a great Tour Director? To make the coolest destinations even cooler. All of our industry-leading Tour Directors share passions for travel, education and performance. They know their selected cities like the backs of their hands, so getting lost isn’t really an option. Plus they’re ridiculously fun to hang out with.

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How to pack for your next student tour

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How you pack is crucial when comes to traveling on a student tour. Not only does it make the transition from plane to motorcoach to hotel that much easier and smoother, but it will also cause less stress for you. The most important thing to remember is that most days the clothing you wear in the morning is the same clothing you will wear all day. Basically, you will leave the hotel each morning and not return until after dinner.  

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