This summer we’re not taking a big vacation. After last year’s move from California to Oregon, a chaotic few weeks of loading up cats, kids, and boxes of books, driving, driving, and driving, and unloading a houseful of life while reacclimating, and helping acclimate two kids, to the Pacific Northwest it’s nice to know that we won’t go farther than the coast in these sunny days of July. That said, for the past few years I’ve always done a “Notes From the Road” series of posts, and I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane with three thoughts from summers past.
A trip to the Bay Area, winding up the coast on an extended car trip, led me to consider the importance of students participating actively in their education Prompted by my own kids enjoying Waffles in Pismo Beach, and my wise wife making the lesson clear to me, I was reminded that “students want to do, to actively participate in their own learning.”
Visiting the school where I had my first teaching job 25 years ago was both surreal and sentimental. Recounting “Goggle Day,” perhaps the first kooky thing I did as an educator, made me thankful for the experiences and people who have helped shaped me as a professional and for the sense of fun that is a part of what happens at the best schools.
It was in a Canadian forest that I spotted a traffic sign that summed up being a principal: Two Way Traffic / One Lane Road, just another instance of how getting out of our usual routine, opening our eyes to the world around us, and embracing new places and ideas can help to inform the work we do at our schools and in our professional lives.
For all my friends in education, I wish you a marvelous summer filled with adventures, new experiences, renewal, and some ideas to take back to school in the fall.