Saturday, December 6, 2008
What I Got To Do For School Yesterday
Perhaps my favorite field trip (I'm ignoring the fact that it's my ONLY field trip!) is where I take my physics class to a theme park to study all the different types of rides. We look at the roller coaster, carousel, free fall, and a water ride, take all kinds of measurements and then do all kinds of calculations. It's a great review of all the things we've been learning all semester. (And perhaps the best way to review for the semester exam!!) This time of year is perfect - the park was practically empty since it's early December.
This is the third year I've done the trip, and I've always booked it through an agency that puts together the entire program for us. However, the facilitator they sent yesterday was lousy, and I had to keep explaining to the kids what we were doing and why we were doing it.
Which made me realize a couple of things:
- I actually HAVE learned more physics than I thought I had, and
- I'm ready to put all my own stuff together and run the whole trip myself.
Well, not entirely by myself! Me & the other teacher who goes with me (who was an engineer in her former life and used to teach physics before she took a sabbatical & I got stuck with it and when she returned she didn't want it back!).
I am ready to stand on my own two (and our collective four) feet.
Because I need more work like I need a hole in the head!!