|Lola and Carter|
I love Spring Break. And I'm lucky to have two weeks off -- to rest, recharge, and reflect. Spring Break means sleeping in, (until 6:15 am- see crazy dogs above who are my alarm clock every day) no makeup most days, and time to write and catch up on reading. Spring Break definitely feels like vacation, but I also know that learning and inspiration continue for me regardless of whether school is in session. This break started with a trip down the California coast starting with a stop for BBQ in Pacifica! Super yummy, even though the brisket and pulled pork sold out just as we went to order...
One of the things I love about taking road trips is taking pictures- every day is a photo walk! Here is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse on Highway 1.
|A lighthouse and a new photo app|
|And... The Mystery Spot!|
|an afternoon walk|
Every vacation, I try to make a trip to the ocean. I love listening to it, watching it, everything. Sadly, vacations always end, but I still had over a week of break left! I decided to take a few road trips to visit schools-- to connect with my friends, to learn, and to be inspired! I do consider myself to be a connected educator, and I love learning from passionate educators via Twitter and Voxer. Being a connected educator means a lot of different things, as Pernille Ripp explains in her post here. As she shares, it's not just about being connected to people via social media. It's also about face-to-face connections, and with this in mind I hit the road! First stop? Corte Madera and The Cove School in the beautiful Bay Area. I was interested in this school for a few reasons: their school is brand new with some amazing learning spaces and I'm still on the hunt for design ideas for our new campus which is slated to start construction in June. This school also has Cove in Motion, which means they start every day with exercise and fun as a whole school! Petra Luhrsen and I headed out at 5:30 am so we could get there before school started to meet Amy Fadeji. Principal Michelle Walker met with us first thing and shared the guiding principles and signature practices of Cove. Then she set us loose in the school! A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a little tour for you!
|Who let the dogs out? Who? Who?|
|Mrs. Fadeji in motion|
|A great way to start the day!|
|This kindergartner explains her daily schedule|
|Project GLAD meets mindfulness|
|Love these chairs!|
|The reading tent|
|Flexible tables- no assigned seats|
|"Could you clarify that for me?" says this 2nd grader|
|We HAD to test out the web!|
Next stop... Hall Middle School, home of the amazing Eric Saibel. This middle school has 5th graders, for this year anyways, and we were excited to check out Eric's school.
|Staff feedback posted in the lounge|
|What do current students value at Hall?|
|We found something sparkly!|
|This patio gets a makeover this summer|
|These will decorate the patio!|
|Three little pigs STEM experiment|
|iPad charging station|
|Erin Dealey inspired art!|
|Love this idea- kids work in the library!|
|Project Lead the Way in 5th grade|
|4th grade STEM- building "modules" to keep the egg safe!|
|Love this office art!|
This link is more than just a LINK. Brad wrote a whole blog post! All about Maker Spaces and the amazing mobile cart you see below. AMAZING. You can read the whole post here.
Monday I'll return to school relaxed and recharged. And I'm also heading back with tons of ideas and inspiration for our school. On your next break, where might you go? Take a road trip and learn something awesome!