Working with the Program Coordinator at Coyote Trails to design specific ideas of things you can do with your students after the field trip or school visit will help to continue building the excitement and learning.
Providing the students with questions after the class (even a week or two after the Coyote Trails visit) can help to trigger recognition & use of academic language as well as solidify comprehension of the skills that were taught during the visit. Example questions to pose to students:
- What was the most memorable part from the Coyote Trails class we did? Why do you think you remember it best?
- List everything you can remember learning that day. Include illustrations.
- Do you have any questions about what you learned that day? Please list them.
- What skills from Coyote Trails are you most likely to continue at home?
Tests, project ideas, and discussion prompts can be created by the Program Coordinator at Coyote Trails based on your specific class experience. These will also help to reinforce academic language and state standards that were covered during the visit.
We also recommend that your class log into our website and sign up to be a part of "Central Fire" where members can post reflections, experiences, and observations from learning in nature. By having an authentic audience for students to share what they have learned (such as through Central Fire), students will be motivated and proud to demonstrate and continue the learning that has taken place.
Also ask about materials, resources, and further reading students could do if you are interested.
Consider doing a group debrief in which students have a space to share their experiences, whether it be in a project or a group discussion.
Do some written reflection for yourself about how the trip went.
- Where were the holes in your awareness?
- Were there things you could have done to better prepare?
- Did the instructors cover all the learning targets?
- Do students have remaining questions?
- Would you do the trip again?
- What were the highlights?
- What feedback would you give the instructors?
- Were your expectations realistic?
- Was this an overall effective trip? Why?
Send feedback to our office so that we may gain a better understanding of how our work has impacted the community, your students, and schools. This feedback helps us improve and can help us receive funding in the future!
To get started planning your trip, or if you have any questions during the trip planning process, contact our Program Coordinator at 541.772.1390.