4 Reasons School Residential Trips are Beneficial for Teachers

The benefits of outdoor adventure residential trips are well documented and school trips are seen as an important part of students social and educational development. Despite this understanding however, the impact that time away from the classroom can have on teachers is often over looked. In this blog we explore the different ways residential trips can be beneficial for teaching staff and the skills and learning that they can take away.

1) Meet other teachers and build upon existing staff relationships

School residential trips provide teachers with the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with their colleagues. Mixing with senior members of staff or teachers from different departments or year groups enables teachers discover new teaching styles and observe the ways in which their co-workers manage disruptive behaviour. These new found relationships can continue to be built upon back into the school environment, creating a close-knit group that can work collaboratively and that can be called upon to offer support and help with the generation of ideas.

 

2) Positive impact on health and well being  

Teaching can be difficult profession with high expectations and pressure to meet deadlines and learning objectives. Taking time away from the school setting to spend time outdoors can help alleviate stress and provide the chance for teachers to reflect and forward plan.

 

3) Improve relationships with students

Spending time with students in an unfamiliar and neutral environment allows teachers time to better get to know the members of their class. This may lead to the discovery of personality traits that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. A better, more in depth understanding of student’s strengths and weakness can be used to engage children when they return to school and alter teaching style to improve participation and learning. Adventure activity residentials can help to break down barriers, reduce misconceptions and strengthen bonds between students and teachers, which can result in the formation of trusting and respectful relationships and the subsequent improvement of student’s behaviour.

 

4) Provide opportunity for professional development

Teaching outside of the classroom gives staff the opportunity to reflect upon their current teaching style and develop the skills they currently have. Teaching in an unfamiliar environment pushes teachers outside of their comfort zone and provides the perfect opportunity to build confidence, take on increased responsibility and try new things. Many staff report changes to their classroom practice as a result of learning skills and techniques from residential trip activity providers. Being able to draw upon these new found experiences often has a transformative impact and allows teachers to broaden the curriculum with increased links to the outside world. Planning the trip itself can also help to improve staff’s organisational and management skills.

 

Cumulus Outdoors run bespoke Outdoor adventure activity residential trips from our base on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Both our residential centre and tented village have designated sleeping and living accommodation for teachers to relax and socialise. Each activity programme is designed around the specific needs of the school or youth group and can be altered to achieve specific learning outcomes. If you would like more information about our residential trips, please get in touch to speak to one of our experienced team.