My name is Andrew Hutton and I am a secondary teacher of English language and literature and social sciences. I am currently in my fourteenth year of teaching with thirteen of these years being spent teaching internationally. I have taught in Australia, Japan (with time spent in Kagoshima-ken and Tokyo) and Germany.
I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003 with a Bachelor Arts and a Bachelor of Education (secondary). My primary majors were in anthropology and archaeology, although having a broad range of interests led me to take additional studies in language, literature and the sciences.
I strongly believe in collaborative learning, intrinsic motivation, project-based inquiry and the IB (International Baccalaureate) educational framework. I am inspired by Tribes Learning Communities, restorative justice ideals as well as Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking routines. I try to incorporate these programs and philosophies into my planning for teaching and learning as much as possible.
My biggest area of interest within this subject is science-fiction and fantasy literature, particularly speculative, dystopian stories. Fortunately, this genre is booming among young adults these days and so there is always plenty to read!
I am also interested in environment and conservation issues. I would like to find more links between the fields of ecology, ecological economics and language and literature, so if you have any ideas please let me know!
Finally, my hobbies and interests involve anything to do with the mountains and the sea: snowboarding, surfing, hiking, scuba-diving and so on.
I have also enjoyed learning Japanese in the past, although it has become a little rusty in the years I have been overseas so please help me brush up once in a while! I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you about any of these hobbies, whether in Japanese or English!