Last year I blogged about THE BEACH. Specifically, our annual second grade field trip to Sandy Hook. Last year was my first time experiencing it as a teacher. And in many ways it is the mother of all field trips – an hour plus ride on a bus, every kid putting on waders and taking a turn seining in the OCEAN, running on the sandy beaches collecting shells. Returning home, tired, sunburned and sandy. With each student accounted for. Last year I did it. Didn’t really want to. Glad I did.
And now I have to do it again. And just like last year, I will survive the inherent stress that comes with any field trip. I will survive the sunburn – which I will get no matter how much sunscreen I use. I will not lose any students. And it will be a memorable experience for all.
And I’ll have a whole year before I have to do it again.