Originally from Australia, I live in Tokyo and work at the American School in Japan. This past year we have been working on integrating design thinking into our curriculum in line with our school’s strategic objectives. It’s an exciting time! Making changes is not always comfortable for everyone and I’m particularly interested in understanding how our long formed beliefs about learning can impact how we feel about and cope with designs for change.
One of my great pleasures this year has been learning with other educators that I have met through a course I facilitate for Global Online Academy called Coaching Innovation. I’ve had a long term interest in Organizational Development and Cognitive Coaching, and am enthusiastic about visual communication and technology. In 2011 I attended the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney and was accepted into the Apple Distinguished Educator program here in Japan. My hope is that we can keep shifting from substitution models of to transformative uses of technology to support student learning.
This blog started out as a tool for me to reflect on my teaching. My role has changed over the last ten years from being a classroom teacher, to instructional coach, to whatever you want to call what I am currently doing (teacher-leader, change advocate, strategic innovation). This blog has evolved too yet it is still a place for me to reflect on things that I’m interest in and projects I’m working on. If we have interests in common please connect with me. You can do that via: