Official Summary of (Mostly) Non-School Lessons of EdJourney

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Official Summary of (Mostly) Non-School Lessons of EdJourney

IMG_0035A journey is about what we learn, both intentionally and by being open.  Thanks in large part to the incredible support I received from all of you who have followed and shared this journey, I had the enthusiasm to write up most of those intentional lessons.  But I have kept track of some of those “other” insights as well, and hope you will enjoy and share these with me.  So, here is the Official List of (Mostly) Non-School Lessons of EdJourney!

  • Miles: 9,971
  • Days on the road: 86
  • States where I visited schools: 24
  • Overall fuel efficiency:  48.2 mpg
  • Schools visited: 64
  • Blog views during trip: approximately 42,000
  • Approximate number of educators met and interviewed:  700
  • Yellow pads filled with notes: 14
  • Perfect song to come on at just the right time: Simon and Garfunkel “America” on the NJ Turnpike; Elvis “Glory, Glory Halleluah” crossing northern Mississippi cotton fields; Springsteen “This Land is Your Land” driving north at dawn from Tucson; Grateful Dead “Truckin” on last day of the trip; Michael Franti “Gloria” a couple of miles from home.
  • Best free WiFi spot:  Starbucks
  • Most frequented hotel chain: Comfort Inn
  • Most frequented fast food:  Subway
  • Most frequented gas station: Who cares?
  • Number of auto mechanics in Goodland, Kansas:  1
  • Number of mechanics in Goodland, Kansas who know anything about hybrid engines:  0
  • Typical lunch in the car between school visits: nuts, raisins, fat-free Fig Newton, water, Tic-Tac
  • Rudest drivers:  Boston (like that is a surprise to anyone)
  • Best shot in two nine-hole rounds of golf: tap in birdie, 167-yard par 3
  • Worst shot in those same two rounds: too many to mention
  • Best bed: Cousin Paul and Mary’s house, Charlotte
  • Best baby (did not cry once in four days): Audrey Grace Moreno
  • Music I wish I had at the right time: Blues Brother soundtrack driving north from Joliet to Chicago
  • Number of weeks driving through fall foliage: 9
  • Prettiest fall foliage spot: Driveway of the Asheville School
  • Best maple syrup:  Gould’s Sugar House, Shelburne Falls, MA
  • Prettiest hour’s drive: tie between late summer Sunday morning east of Richland, Utah and fall mid-day in Hudson River Valley from New Canaan to Poughkeepsie
  • Place a California boy prays hardest for GPS to not fail: Cross-Bronx Expressway
  • Best dog: Honey Baker
  • Most poignant moment: Standing below the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis
  • Northernmost point: Manchester, NH
  • Southernmost point: El Paso, TX
  • Easternmost point: Boston, MA
  • Town with fewest non-pizza restaurants: Naugutuck, Conn.
  • Longest drive in one day: 13 hours
  • Hours of video shot: about 50
  • Best source about what learning should look like in our schools: the students!
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By | 2012-12-12T15:30:11+00:00 December 12th, 2012|Education Innovation Journey of Learning, Uncategorized|6 Comments

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  1. John December 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Awesome statistical perspective of the trip. I imagine you are happy to be home. Enjoy the holidays and look forward to hearing about your next presentation – sharing of good ideas.

    • glichtman December 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks John; putting together video clips for NAIS presentation; Asheville teachers and students figure heavily!

  2. Doug Gwilliam December 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Amazingly well done Grant. I’ve enjoyed and passed along many of the insights you’ve shared. Looking forward to the book!

    • glichtman December 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Doug; hopefully there are sparks of innovation out there that will catch fire for more of our young people!

  3. boadams1 December 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Best sake?

    • glichtman December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Oh, man, I KNEW I was forgetting something! Best sake: something having to do with a funny fish in Atlanta with Bo and Jill!

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