Using the Environment to Enhance Lessons
When I was a kid, one of the most fun kinds of school days that you could have was going on a field trip. Assuming the teachers were not jerks that assigned homework off the field trip, it was awesome because you got to skip all your classes for the day in favor of going somewhere interesting in regards to school. Depending on where you live, you are able to go to unique places that can intersect with your lessons. Field trips might not be why you become a teacher, but it is definitely fun for the students. Here are a few examples of places that you can take students based on the part of the country that you are in.
Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia: Washington, DC, Gettysburg, and Old America
On the East coast, you have all of the historical locations that are important to the foundation of the country. When you live close by to these places, you can go for lessons in US history or possibly US government. Visiting sites like colonial Williamsburg or Gettysburg, you can learn about the ways that people lived in the early years of America or learn about the wars that were fought there. You can learn in DC at the Capitol building and surrounding landmarks about the way that our government runs. Down the street, the Smithsonian museums offer art history lessons as well as US history lessons.
Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, etc., and the National Parks
Whether you are going to Zion in Utah, Yellowstone in Wyoming or Montana, Saguaro in Arizona, or Mesa Verde in Colorado, or Arizona’s Grand Canyon, there are plenty of amazing places where you can experience nature the way that it was intended. Protected from the ravages of man, these places offer beautiful views as well as unique flora and fauna to study. There are 61 national parks in the country and being lucky enough to live close to one is a great benefit.
Louisiana and the Bayou
There are not a lot of places in the US where you can find the swampy, gator-infested waters like the Bayou. This is an ecosystem to itself that creates its own culture through the machines that run across the water, the riverboat. This is something that is almost unique to the Bayou, even though there are a few other places that use them. When you live down in Louisiana, you might get things different in a bad way, but the Bayou is certainly an interesting benefit.