Here’s a story I only just spotted from the GUARDIAN in 2013. Great advocacy from a teacher in the UK who discovered Mantle of the Expert (which she calls Imaginative Inquiry) and now uses it regularly in her junior classroom. I particularly like how Jenny links Mantle of the Expert to Philosophy for children and…

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Here’s something I’ve been working on for some time with input from teachers and colleagues in NZ and beyond. It’s a work in progress that I’m updating and improving as more people contribute their ideas … I’d love to get your thoughts, suggestions and refinements and I can add your name to the long list…

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Some time ago I was invited to write a chapter for a book on University-school partnerships. I had never really thought of our activities as being worthy of academic attention, but I was tickled to be asked and I wrote the chapter – with help from a bunch of other people including Delia Baskerville, Renee Downey, Stephen…

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Kia Ora colleagues Many of you will be familiar with these Mantle-related books. Thanks to the generous publishers, I have a few copies for sale at a discounted price (within New Zealand only) Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning (2013) by Deb Fraser, Barb Whyte and myself. It shares examples of practice from by NZ primary teachers using Arts-based integration approaches. The book includes…

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Kia Ora colleagues Here’s a lovely article from Susan Battye – published in the latest edition of Tomorrow’s School’s Today NZ magazine. Susan reports on our recent symposium Te Aho Tapu and shares stories from NZ teachers on how Mantle is making its mark in their classrooms … Thanks Susan! http://www.tstnz.com/staffroom-magazine/arts-drama-for-learning-mantle-of-the-expert-makes-its-mark/

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Researching for  a chapter I’m writing on the history and development of Mantle of the Expert in NZ, I rediscovered this short piece by Susan Battye from a few years ago. It’s worth sharing again as it gives a bit of context about how Heathcote’s work has impacted on the NZ curriculum and teaching more…

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I promised a bit of a flurry of posts this week… here’s the next one. Sharing an article written for NZ teachers using the metaphor of the korowai to help explain Mantle of the Expert. This article has just been published in Drama Research International as part of a commemorative edition on the life and…

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I have had some requests for this article, which was originally published in 2009 but can be hard to find online. It talks about why it is so important to signal the fiction when working in drama.  It’s a long read but hopefully of interest – particularly the later sections on ‘deliberate misframing’ in the…

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Greetings colleagues At a recent cluster meeting Sue Bleaken (Deputy Principal of Melville Intermediate School) was kind enough to share a list of books she has found particularly useful in planning drama for restorative practice in her school. Sue has provided us with a PDF of this list – attached here. Sincere thanks to Sue…

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What a good turn out at the cluster meeting last night in Hamilton. Great to see such good numbers. THANKS FOLKS…. Pic at the bottom of this message. Next meeting at Aberdeen school on 17th October – put it in the diary now! We are going to share our best “hook” ideas….. Meanwhile I promised…

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