During the last week of February I went on a field trip with the 8th grade class that I had been observing for one of my classes during A term. I was very excited to go on this for a couple of reasons, the first being that it was going to be my first time on a metro school bus. Private school kid. I was also in charge of my own group of students and I also had not been to the Capitol in years.
The trip there was uneventful. All of the students were very well behaved even though half of the 8th grade class did not go because they either had bad behavior or did not pay for it. The first stop was the Tennessee State Museum. We were there to see the “Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation. The plantation was located in Robertson County. The students were split up into two groups. The group that I was with did an educational activity first that involved looking through primary sources to learn about the slaves that lived there. Overall, it looked like the students enjoyed the activity. When it was our turn, we went through the exhibit. It ranged from various items that were in the house to articles of clothing that were worn.
When we finished in the museum, we made our way over to the Capitol building. The students liked the fact that someone is buried there and they all were able to identify Andrew Jackson.
We got a tour and ventured upstairs where the students were able to sit in the seats in the Senate Chambers. Needless to say, they all loved that!
Once the field trip was over, we got back on the bus and made our way back to West End Middle School. We did not get very far until we got a call saying the other school bus broke down. Oops. That provided some entertainment for the 15 minute ride back home.
It was a day full of education and adventures with those little 8th graders!