Andrew B. Watt is me. I am a history teacher in central Connecticut at a small private K-8 school. That’s enough to identify me to the discerning reader, if he really wants to know my school.
In 2009, I made a trip to the Nueva School in California to meet Kim Saxe, and visit their Innovation Lab, and learn about Design Thinking. My boss sent me out there, hoping to bring Design Thinking to an East Coast school in a big way. I can’t thank her enough for the ways she’s shown me to grow and develop as a teacher. I don’t think I’ve been the same since; my boss says “you’ve swallowed the blue pill.” That place made a deep impression on me, and I owe them so very, very much out at Nueva.
I am a level 1 USFA-certified foil coach and a NOLS-trained outdoor educator. I struggle with issues of how to connect students to technology use beyond Facebook and MySpace. I am interested in visual thinking, skills-based teaching, and constructivism. I have been blogging since 2002 on several different sites, including livejournal.com (most of the posts there have been ported here, though).
In addition, I am the Chair of the Commission on Professional Development (CPD), of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. We plan, design, and prepare programs for teachers at private schools across the state. Our (new) blog is here, with very little content; our Wiki (with much more content) is here.
In my spare time, I hike and kayak. I also write. Duh.