Mrs. Marin’s Learning To Teach Resource Blog

Becoming an ESL, Bilingual/Bicultural teacher one day at a time. This site is for future teachers and teachers of English Language Learners/ CLD. You will find resources in English and in Spanish that can serve as a guide in your journey.

School field trips

Many of your course will require you to volunteer or observe at a school for an amount of hours during a semester. I would suggest to get those hours out of the way ASAP and don’t leave it for the end of the semester. As a volunteer, I learned that every teacher is different You have to contact them before hand, and the best way is email. The second thing I learned is the teachers check their emails very early in the day or very late in the day. Communication is KEY, I can’t emphasize this enough. Let them know your schedule commitment and what you want to get from this experience.

I’ve had good experiences and not so good experiences, but in the end you learn from all of them. On one semester I signed up as a volunteer to go on a field trip to the Denver Zoo. The teacher I was working with was very organized and she gave me and the parents a list of instructions.

This is how to I prepared for it:

  • Have fun with your students!
  • Get to know your students
  • Keep them together(set rules before entering)
  • Small bottle of Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Brown sac of lunch
  • Small size snacks (peeled clementines, grapes)
  • Plastic sunglasses (not your expensive glasses)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  •  Shorts or cargo pants you can roll up
  • Cap (optional)
  • Optimistic attitude (For some students this is their first time visiting)
  • Mark the Zoo map with them to know where they want to go ( go there first)

What to expect:

  • Rain or hot weather
  • You will be responsible for 3-4 students
  • Sit together at the bus (Here you can set rules)
  • Long lines and crowds (other schools on same field trip)
  • You will rush through many exhibitions because of time
  • Long day


This is what my teacher gave me (see pic below)

Visit to the Zoo


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This entry was posted on June 17, 2016 by in Teaching, Volunteer and tagged , .




Latina mom, non-traditional student at the University of Northern Colorado. I am working on my degree in Elementary Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and Bilingual Bicultural (CDL) endorsements. I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. Passionate about Bilingual, Elementary Education, ESL, ELL, Multiculturalism, Biculturalism #education #bilingualkids

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