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Introduction to City Trips

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Meg Broz

on 7 September 2017

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is a
city trip?
Introduction to City Trips
City Trips are short trips we will take all over the city
Sometimes they include eating food, but not always
goes on
City Trips?
All of YOU! (in 3 smaller groups)
Ms. Broz
1 additional 12-14 teacher
(Usually Ms. Warrenfeltz)
Sometimes the whole level goes on City Trips together...
do we
go on
City Trips?
Flex Friday afternoons
Leave the school at 12:00-12:30
Return to school at 3:15-3:30
do we
get to go??
Where have we gone,
8th graders?
The Journey is the Goal
Planning Your Trip
We will tell you our destination the day of or the day before the city trip

You will find the route and plan transportation for your group

The teacher will go on whatever route you plan-
even if you decide to get on the wrong train!

One navigator in each group can have their phone.
Being a
of Chicago
We're all members of this metropolitan area, and it's important that we all do our best to live and travel harmoniously.

Becoming a good citizen of Chicago will help you become a good citizen of all communities.

RESPECT other people and the urban environment.

This means we must follow the social rules of grace and courtesy on our City Trips.
Walk next to 1 other person (aka 2 by 2)
Single file on staircases and going through doorways
Don't clump up on street corners, waiting for the light to change, etc
Which side do Americans walk on??
Be sure that your Ventra card has money on it
Let riders off the bus/train before getting on
Wait for other riders to get on the bus/train before your group does
Move all the way into the train, or to the back of the bus
Keep conversation quiet and calm
Pay attention to the stops
May sure your whole group has gotten on/off
Use inside voices
Tip appropriately
Respect toward employees and other customers
Don't knock stuff over
Good walking shoes
Appropriate gear for the weather (coat, umbrella, sunscreen)
Comfortable and appropriate clothing
Dress up for plays and nice outings
What does
this mean??
City Trips become difficult when you are not paying attention to what's happening around you.

Yes, it is a great time to socialize with your classmates, but you MUST also be aware of your surroundings at ALL TIMES.
Some examples of things that have happened due to poor situational awareness...
(They may sound funny now, but imagine if this happened to you!)
Getting on a train or bus that is going in the wrong direction
Getting off a bus or train at the wrong stop, or missing a stop
Getting on a bus or train without the teacher, or other members of the group
Getting on an express train that misses your stop entirely
Causing a woman pushing a baby in a stroller to have to step off the curb, due to you taking up too much room on the sidewalk
Getting shoved by a stranger on the sidewalk
Knocking over a toddler because they are below your line of vision
Following a stranger that says they are a "tour guide"
Getting your backpack stolen
Standing right next to someone who is peeing their pants on the train
Getting yelled at by CTA personnel for not having the right fare, being too slow, or not moving to the back
Not telling the group you're going to the bathroom, and getting left behind

What else do we need to know?

City Trips are usually planned with a destination in mind.

Sometimes you won't make it there.
Be flexible:

You may have to take a different route, eat at a different restaurant, or leave early to get back to school.

Does that mean you "failed" the City Trip?
Even if you never make it to the original destination, you will still have the opportunity to practice:
Navigation and map reading
Tipping and money management
Communication with friends and strangers
Getting comfortable with getting around in your city
More that you can't even anticipate!
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