Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Field Trip Fiasco and Planning on the Fly

My teaching partner and I were planning to go to our local museum after we realized we were ALLOWED to go on field trips...as long as A) the planning was done during school time and B) the actual trip was within school hours.  I should probably EXPLAIN that ALL the teachers in my province (BC) are in province-wide bargaining with our gov't and it IS NOT going well. . . which explains the Field Trip "protocol".  Really, it's been quite annoying!

Unfortunately we WILL NOT be going on the field trip because through a series of unfortunate events . . . Hey, that's a great series of books BTW . . . the lady at the museum that does the school bookings went off sick and somehow our request got 'missed' and the person who took over for her didn't know that we were trying to book a tour and by the time we actually got hold of this person, it was the week before the last full week of school and . . . and . . . that tour didn't happen. . . BUT I was not willing to give up yet! . . . I suggested maybe we could go to our local Heritage Park, where there are neat 'ruins' of missionary buildings and a really old cemetery where the kids could do headstone rubbings . . . how cool is that? (hubby thinks its a bit morbid and would give the kids nightmares . . . he doesn't really know my class of eight & nine year olds!) and maybe we could treat the kids at the little teahouse . . . can you tell I was grasping???LOL  That idea was kiboshed too! (crap!?) . . . no bus available! . . .oh, for cryin out loud . . . really??

So, there we were . . . one of only three classes in the entire school NOT going on a field trip . . . we couldn't do that to our grade 3's . . .could we!??  On to Plan C . . . picnic in the park across the street from the school . . for the whole day (okay. . . most of the day). 

But we were still feeling as if that wasn't going to cut it, so in a moment of sheer desperation brilliance, my teaching partner came up with the idea to do a theme-a-day until the end of the year!  Hmmm . . . what would thst look like . . .let's see, we could do Wacky Hair Day, Pajama Day, Sports Team Day, Favourite Decade Day, Hawaiian Day, Celebrity Day . . . oh yeah, . . . this could work!  why then is my principal giving me that are-you-sure-you-want-to-do-that-for-the-last-week-of- school kind of look? . . .

Oh, the things we do for our students.

I'll let you know how things go.  Tomorrow is Wacky Hair Day :)

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