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!