I had the pleasure of taking a walking tour of Old Town Portland today with a very well behaved and engaged group of third graders. It was a goregous fall day to boot! This was my first field trip as a chaperone. I learned a ton, and so did the kids. You should have heard them talking about architectural details like 'eggs and darts.' But do you want to know what I really liked about this field trip? The kids take mass transit. (Woe to the regular commuters on the 54 bus this morning who had the, um, pleasure (?) of riding with the whole class when they were super wound-up and excited). This is one of the cool things about living in the city -- that we have mass transit, and that the school utilizes it for field trips. Practice for real life.
And now it is time for a nap. Whew! I'm exhausted. I could never be a teacher.