For the most recent meeting of elementary education MAT candidates in the Methods and Materials of Math, Science and Technology course, the cohort and Director of Science Education, Dan Bisaccio, as well as Education Department staff, spent nearly three hours exploring animal exhibits at Roger Williams Zoo. A premier education facility nestled outside Providence, ten minutes from Brown University, RWZ hosts thousands of students each year. This field trip gave the future teachers an opportunity to consider how to integrate a visit to the zoo into a unit of study and the practical logistics and details of planning and implementing field trips for elementary students.
Needless to say, field trips can be exciting and fun for students and teachers alike. Some MATs are still giddy from making eye contact with RWZ’s snow leopard!