Curriculum Day & An Invitation to Curriculum Day - Michelle Hutchinson PD on Dyslexia

August 24, 2017

Curriculum Day – Friday 1st September


Please be aware that next Friday, 1st September, is a whole of school curriculum day. This means the staff will be at work, but children remain at home or in care organised by parents. (The College has arranged for the Quantum Binnah out of School Hours Care Program to operate for P-6 students.


The focus of the learning day for the primary teachers will be around the subject of Dyslexia with a presentation by Michelle Hutchinson, (a leading practitioner in this area and a blurb from her website is below). Parents are invited to attend to join staff in the learning. If you do wish to attend, please contact Stefania at the office to add to the attendance list.


An Invitation to Manor Lakes College Curriculum Day

Friday 1st September 2017


On Friday 1st September, we will be conducting a whole college Curriculum Day. We have been fortunate to secure the services of Michelle Hutchinson who specialises in Literacy and Dyslexia.  Michelle provides practical, inspirational and effective approaches in literacy and dyslexia.


Lecturing and researching at The University of Melbourne, Michelle has the skills to combine academic knowledge with her practical experience as a teacher, and personal life experience as a parent and student.


We extend an invitation to our parents to attend this curriculum day and join us in learning together. Parents of students from Prep to year 12 are all welcome.


The day will commence at 9:00am in Amadeus Hall and conclude at 3:30pm.


For catering and organisational purposes, please contact Stef at the college office on 9741 4202 to indicate your attendance to this event no later than Wednesday 30th August.


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


I am 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 am 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 is natural that I have a heart for this because I am 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 does not like me!  

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