We are tantalizingly close to two of my favorite words: summer vacation. Two weeks from today, my family and I will head out on a six-week road trip. We’re heading acoss the northern United States to the Pacific Northwest, hitting National Parks and science museums. We’ll visit friends in Portland, OR and then circle to the south to see the redwoods, travel across northern Nevada and Utah, and after some stops to see family and friends in Colorado we’ll head towards home.
We have some things we want to see, like Hanford Reach National Monument, the Seattle Childrens’ Museum, and the Great Salt Lake. Mostly, though, our agenda is open, and intentionally so. The goal of the trip, really, is to explore, to be surprised, and to go where our interests lead us. In other words, our goal is to spend the summer doing school the way I hope to someday do it for the other nine months of the year.
Along the way, I hope to see some things that inspire me, some things that make me wonder, and some things that I can bring back to my classroom and my school. Over the next couple of years, I will be taking the lead in writing a new, integrated mathematics curriculum for The Hill School. This trip is about resting and recovering from a long school year, but it’s also about laying the foundation for next year and beyond. I hope to blog on a daily basis during our trip, documenting the things we’ve seen, the things I’ve been thinking about, and the questions I want to explore further when I return. If nothing else, I’ll have a great diary of our travels. Hopefully, though, some people will decide to join me virtually and extend my trip far beyond the summer.