Can you explain the importance of going out and it being implemented in the curriculum?

Going-Out is not a “field trip” for the entire group; it is an activity organised by 2 or 3 students who would love some additional information for a particular project. This activity provides many organisational and practical life opportunities for the small group. The class usually has “procedures” for scheduling a going-out. Students must have reached a level of personal responsibility to be trusted to conduct themselves on such an adventure.

  1. The small group discusses their needs and then discusses them with the teacher.
  2. An invitational letter/email might need to be written, requesting an appointment – with a follow-up letter/email after the going out.
  3. If the class has a list of parents available to drive students on a going-out, they must be contacted by one of the students inquiring about availability to transport the 2 or 3 students to the desired location. That parent is not the person in charge; it is assumed by the teacher that the students involved have the knowledge and personal understanding to be able to handle themselves in the particular situation. The possible consequences for this not happening would be no going-out activities for the particular students until they feel they can be personally responsible and it has been evidenced in other activities.
  4. The students must inquire about hours of operation, costs involved, a contact person (if they need an appointment), etc. 
  5. The information garnered from a going-out is subsequently used in a report or a project.

This activity brings together various practical and organisational aspects of such an adventure and is a hallmark of individual children’s maturity.

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