Field trips can be a double-edged sword. They provide students with many opportunities that they cannot get in the classroom. They can also provide students and teachers a break for the day-to-day classroom environment. At the same time, however, they can require a lot of work and coordination on the part of the teacher. They can also bring their own set of headaches when dealing with student behavior and the coordination of activities. Nonetheless, to many teachers, myself included, field trips are worth the trouble. The secret to their success is in the planning. With this in mind, I've written an article that looks at the best way to create effective field trips.