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October 26, 2023

Column: The trip is worth the time

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Field trips can be a great way to get students excited about content inside the classroom by showing them their usages outside the classroom. The Sidekick staff writer Anvita Bondada explains how going to D Magazine on a Sidekick field trip made her even more passionate about journalism, and how field trips in other classes can be beneficial as well.

When would I ever see this in the real world?” 

This is a question that pervades the minds of many high school students. And they can not be blamed for feeling this way. 

After all, when students learn class content through the pages of textbooks and Google Slides presentations, it is difficult to envision an educational field in the world beyond a classroom. 

This is why students need to get out of the classroom. They need to see the coniferous trees they are learning about in science class. They need to see the display of the World War II veteran’s armor they learned about in history class. They need to see class content around them.

This is where the appeal of field trips come from. Field trips such as going to a museum or a nature park always piqued my interest as a kid, but I found their occurrence fading away as I got older.

In elementary school, we took a grade wide field trip every year to places such as the Perot Museum, Fossil Rim and Allaso Ranch. As we grew older, and our times tables were replaced with textbooks, we became increasingly confined to our classrooms. Field trips have also declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as Coppell ISD put restrictions on many field trips until last year. 

Field trips in schools not only increase students’ understanding of concepts, but also increase historical empathy, the ability to put themselves in the shoes of those around and before them.

 Skills such as these allow students to better understand the world around them and see why learning specific concepts is so important. 

The only non-competition field trips that I have ever been on in high school were field trips to The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine with The Sidekick. Going on these trips helped me experience a day in the life of a journalist, and how to apply the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics I am lectured about every Monday in a real job. 

In contrast, I have never been on a field trip in a core curriculum class, and have found myself unenthused and overwhelmed by barrages of lessons. While I know finding the circumference of a circle has to serve some purpose, it is difficult to understand its use outside of my test.

Arguably, high school students are learning the most content and are always pushed to apply their knowledge beyond high school, so what better way to apply class content in the real world than to see it in the real world?

More field trips would encourage students to ask more questions and connect what they learn to other subjects. In our only increasingly competitive environment at Coppell High School, students lose sight of why they want to take classes they chose. Taking field trips can reunite students with the reason they chose a field, and remind them of what the future holds for them beyond high school. 

Adding more field trips at CHS could help open students’ eyes to new modes of education and will help teachers get students interested in curriculum. When I type this within the confines of classroom walls, I imagine myself in a new, real, immersive environment.

Follow @anvita_bondada and @CHSCampusNews on X.

 

This episode of The Talk is a follow up on this column by speaking to associate principal Zane Porter regarding the process and funding for high school field trips.

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Anvita Bondada
Anvita Bondada, Staff Writer
Anvita Bondada is a junior and a second year staff writer on The Sidekick. She runs a small business selling press-on nails, called Nails by Anvita. Although she grew up in hot, arid Texas her favorite type of weather is rain of all kinds. In her free time, she enjoys shopping for clothes, listening to musicians such as Taylor swift and Gracie Abrams, doing her nails in a variety of styles, and playing with her dog Birkin. She enjoys watching romantic comedies, her favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You, Lala Land, and Easy A. She’s travelled a lot and her favorite location so far has been Venice and she would like to go to Greece if she got the chance.  She speaks Telugu at home and would like to major in marketing.  Anvita loves writing for a variety of sections, including writing opinion columns, reviews on music albums, and feature stories. She would like to expand to movie reviews this year. Over her years of experience on The Sidekick, she has discovered new horizons for writing and design for communication and self expression.  It also gave her a way to connect with Coppell high school and its students.  The Sidekick challenged her to break out and talk to people outside of her social circles. You can contact her at [email protected], or @anvitabondada on Instagram.  
Avani Munji
Avani Munji, Executive Design Editor
Avani Munji is a senior and the executive design editor for The Sidekick. Munji joined the program unintentionally, but found that The Sidekick was the perfect place for her to grow as a designer. When she’s not creating a design or trying to learn everything there is to know about Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, you can find her playing various videogames on her Xbox and mourning the loss of her 2008 Wii. You can contact her on ‘X’ (@a_munjii).

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    Sahasra ChakilamApr 29, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    So good!

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