Teaching Tip #15: 10 things to keep in mind while organizing a historical trip

Historical trips bring the subject alive and often create a deep interest in learning history. For a trip to be successful, however, some amount of planning needs to be done to ensure maximum learning from the experience. Here are some tips to follow before finalising a trip:

  1. Choose a historical monument/place in the neighbourhood that you would like the students to explore.
  2. Visit the site beforehand to find out the scope of the study.
  3. Think about what you can do at the site with your students.
  4. Check for clearances and permission needed before the visit.
  5. Check for entrance fees.
  6. Check which days are best suited for school visits.
  7. Plan for travel time to and from the site.
  8. Design a worksheet based on the monument which helps the students to observe better and be actively involved in constructing the history of the monument. For example – Who built it? When was it built and why? What are the specific features of the architecture?
  9. Encourage students to develop their appreciation of the architecture through sketches.
  10. Motivate them to collate the knowledge they have gathered and share with the rest of the school.


Author: Sriparna Tamhane


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