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:
- Choose a historical monument/place in the neighbourhood that you would like the students to explore.
- Visit the site beforehand to find out the scope of the study.
- Think about what you can do at the site with your students.
- Check for clearances and permission needed before the visit.
- Check for entrance fees.
- Check which days are best suited for school visits.
- Plan for travel time to and from the site.
- 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?
- Encourage students to develop their appreciation of the architecture through sketches.
- Motivate them to collate the knowledge they have gathered and share with the rest of the school.
Author: Sriparna Tamhane
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