I am in my 20th year as an educator at international schools – 8 years as a middle and high school math teacher, 8 years as a middle school and high school technology and learning coordinator, and 3 years as a HS Vice Principal. I’ve worked in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. I have a personal interest in international school education, as I also attended international schools for most of my K-12 schooling.
I began blogging about education in January 2007 at Blogger under the un-inventive title of “Harter Learning”, but moved everything over to Edublogs and “Thinking Allowed” in March 2007. Finally, ready to venture out on my own and learn more, I started my own domain with a re-titled blog, “Building Understanding”, in August 2009.
I continue to consider education and the role technology plays in enhancing student learning. Additionally, with the pace of change in the world now thanks in part to technological growth and a “flattening” of the planet, I am very concerned with how educators will answer our obligation to ensure that learners are prepared for success in this ever-evolving world. With my growing role in school leadership, my thoughts often center around the role educational leaders play in shaping a viable, practical, and responsible curriculum for today’s learners and tomorrow’s adults – so that they can succeed in ensuring a world that celebrates diversity, promotes tolerance, preserves the Earth, and furthers the potential of all of us.
Ultimately, we need to Build Understanding in each and every one of us – in the classroom, in our heads, and in our hearts.