A new study confirms what we do at Piedmont has significant value to students' "knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy, and critical thinking"
It's a lot of work for teachers to plan a cultural enrichment even or a field trip: make arrangements, get approval, get permission slips collect or raise funds, make a stay back list, arrange for chaperones and coverage and keep hundreds of teens safe as they enthusiastically enjoy the experience. For many teachers, it is too much bother, but at Piedmont we have continued our field trips and culural arts events throughout the years.
According to a new study described at: http://educationnext.org/learning-live-theater/ we are making the right decision so thank you, teachers!
From the article:
"As schools narrow their focus on improving performance on math and reading standardized tests, they have greater difficulty justifying taking students out of the classroom for experiences that are not related to improving those test scores. Schools are either attending fewer field trips or shifting toward field trips to places they know students already enjoy. When testing is over, schools are often inclined to take students on “reward” field trips to places like amusement parks, bowling alleys, and movie theaters.
The nature of culturally enriching field trips is that they are often to places that students don’t yet know they might enjoy. "
Related: Besides the Levine Field trips, the Amazing Race activity, Cherokee, Washington, DC our World War II and Civil Rights Living Museums, and more, take a look at some of the great cultural arts and field trip experiences depicted below. If you would like to share more photos please do so by contacting Lisa Gurthie for the code to our "Piedmont Spirit" Google Classroom for photo and video sharing.
Piedmont Students laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier last year: Tell me how you can top that sitting in a desk? (video via Mr. Milligan)
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!