My name is Andrew Hutton and I am a secondary teacher of English language and literature and social sciences. I am currently in my sixteenth year of teaching with fourteen 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!
Finally, my hobbies and interests involve anything to do with the mountains and the sea: snowboarding, surfing, hiking, scuba-diving and so on. I also enjoy learning Japanese, drawing, and am also trying to teach myself the piano and guitar.