Over the last few months, our class became very excited and anxious to take a field trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. It was a decision the students and I made together during one of our class discussions last fall. We realized that there would need to be extensive fundraising, research on the program and organization for the event.
Once our decision was made the support from our community and parents was amazing! The fundraising, volunteering and support our parents and students gave simply went above and beyond. Each month we were getting closer and closer to the big trip. For so many of my students this was their first time away from home.
Last Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny, warm, early morning. We loaded the bus, hugged our parents and set off for our adventure. There was visiting, snacking, game playing, singing-and we weren’t even at Drumheller yet!
At the Royal Tyrell Museum we were immediately approached by our edutour guide and “thrown into our action packed journey”. The kids were great troopers hiking through the badlands in 28° of heat, fossil casting, game playing, swimming, and much, much more.
I was so proud of all my students. It was great to see them interacting with peers-they normally wouldn’t have, behaving respectfully towards adults and participating in group activities with all. I really enjoyed seeing new friendships being formed.
Many times during the trip I would stop and look at my students, and watch their eyes light up and their souls sparkle.
I am thankful for witnessing the learning, appreciate the enlightening conversations and the overall wonderful effect this trip had on the students, parents and myself.
There are many memories that will never be forgotten. I have a new bond with my students. It is truly these youth who have made an imprint on my heart that I will never forget.
Thank you grade four students for teaching me!
Leanne is a teacher at Duffield School who is a life long learner and loves her students.