Michelle Hutchison

Inspires, Supports and Encourages.


High Quality

Courses and Resources for Teaching Literacy


G'day! I'm Michelle Hutchison...

I’m the teacher – who teaches teachers!  


But..don’t teachers already know how to teach?  


YES!  Of course we do!  I work with excellent teachers and turbo-power them to be exceptional teachers! The best teachers are lifelong learners.


I specialise in Literacy and Dyslexia.  


That means reading, writing and especially spelling.




When teachers really ‘nail’ the basics of literacy, it allows students to use and apply these essential skills to get on with learning, thinking, creating and communicating confidently!


I’m grateful to be one of Australia’s most popular presenters in the field of education.  I think this is because I am engaging and real, not just expert in my field.  On a good day people learn and laugh with me!


Lecturing and researching at The University of Melbourne was when I was able to combine academic knowledge with my practical experience as a teacher. People say I have a unique ability to interpret research into simple, easy-to-follow guidelines for busy teachers.  I should do – after all, I have been a teacher most of my life!


I also strive to improve the lives of people with learning difficulties.  It’s natural that I have a heart for this because I’m actually dyslexic.  I have written two books: The SMART Spelling Manual (2015) and the newly released SMART Literacy Restaurant (2017).  Not bad for a dyslexic!


PS:  I love kids, dogs, horses and explicit teaching.  I dislike boring spelling workbooks, brussel sprouts and milk.  Well actually, I like milk – but milk just doesn’t like me!  



SMART Spelling

 Teachers love it because it is sensible and schools love it because it is systematic.

Would you like a sensible way to teach spelling?

“I went to Michelle’s spelling PD today and it was fantastic!! I would highly recommend it to all teachers. Michelle made the complicated world of spelling rules really simple and easy to use, demonstrating practical ways to teach students everyday. She is a lovely, approachable person with real life experiences to back up what she says. I’ll be using Michelle’s SMART spelling program with my students from now on and I feel much more confident teaching in this area. Thanks for a great day Michelle!”


I wanted to express our sincere appreciation for your inspiring presentation on the ‘Smart Spelling Approach’. Your years of research and your depth of understanding on this topic was evident in the enthusiastic way you were able to approach and deliver the session.  We are very eager to implement this new and refreshing approach with our students.  It certainly is “A sensible systematic approach to spelling for primary teachers”.

Michelle it simply just made so much sense to us!!

We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation yesterday. Your delivery was so engaging that we both lost all track of time!! Thank you for a memorable presentation.