Teaching for complex systems thinking.

I am really enjoying this new book by Rosemary Hipkins from NZCER, which explores the kind of complex systems thinking students need for success in the twenty-first century. Many will be familiar with Hipkins’ scholarly work on key competencies, science education, assessment, and curriculum integration. She’s a super smart thinker herself (and yes, she’s also…

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DI featured in Ministry ‘speaking and listening skills’ lit review

In August 2021, Amanda Denston from the University of Canterbury published a literature review for the NZ Ministry of Education. It was based on this research question: What does the literature show to be the most effective, engaging, and equitablespeaking and listening approaches that effectively support learning and speaking andlistening demands across the curriculum along…

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Routledge Companion to Drama in Education

This significant new textbook on drama education research includes several chapters about Mantle of the Expert (and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches) written by teachers and academics from Aotearoa. Great to get this kind of international recognition for our local mahi. Check out the contents page at this link. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Drama-in-Education/McAvoy-OConnor/p/book/9780367430450 Scholarly texts like this tend to…

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Winter school 2022

Very excited to share information about this year’s Winter School in Mantle of the Expert to be held in July in Hamilton. This year, for the first time, there will be TWO courses available to choose from – one on the foundations of Mantle of the Expert, with an introduction to planning and the other…

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New Dramatic Inquiry website coming soon

The DI Network Aotearoa has used some of its Networks of Expertise (NEX) funding to set up a new website, to be launched soon. Here’s a glimpse of the cover page (still in development). The new site will be dedicated to the work of the DI Trust including NEX funded projects. It will include: information…

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HNS inquiry into supporting and assessing dramatic play

Yr 1 children at HNS play ‘hairdressers’ Over the last three years I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Hillcrest Normal School in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. The whole staff has explored Dramatic Inquiry in its various forms and the school now has DI embedded into its local curriculum. Our work together resulted in a number…

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DI cluster zui term 1 2022

Cluster hui are friendly, low key gatherings for teachers interested in Mantle of the Expert and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches. They are hosted by fellow teachers with experience and passion for DI. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, clusters are a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk and gain some informal PLD.…

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Term four cluster meetings 2021

Our awesome cluster leaders around Aotearoa are continuing to plan for cluster meetings during Term four. Where face to face meetings can’t take place, most will continue over zoom. With all the uncertainty of Covid and extended lockdowns in some areas, networks like this can be a great way to reconnect with others in your…

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Link up with ‘Heathcote Now’ conference

On Sunday 10th October, eight members of our NZ Dramatic Inquiry community enjoyed the opportunity to link up over zoom with presenters at the ‘Heathcote now’ conference in the UK. It was really great to have this exchange, which allowed us to mark the 10th anniversary of Heathcote’s passing. Those around the table at the…

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DNZ process drama workshop 15th October

Primary teachers – check out this opportunity coming up on Friday 15th October. Julie Dunn is a really inspiring scholar and practitioner and her book ‘Pretending to Learn’ is a classic. Information below is copied from the Drama NZ facebook page. It doesn’t mention a charge, so I think it’s a free event. You are…

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