Dorothy Heathcote’s influence in Aotearoa NZ

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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New article on Mantle of the Expert

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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On the importance of not tricking children….

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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Useful books for Drama and restorative practice

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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Recommended – New drama books

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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Book launch at Te Kore Conference

This new book may be of interest. To be launched at the Drama New Zealand Te Kore Conference on Saturday 27th April. Published by NZCER, Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning by Fraser, Aitken and Whyte is a collection of case studies describing Arts-based integration in primary schools. There is a strong emphasis on Mantle of the Expert…

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Waikato Cluster meeting on Thursday and conference not far behind!

Greetings! A friendly reminder of two things: Thursday 11th April is our next cluster meeting – 4.30 pm at Hillcrest Normal School. All most welcome… The focus will be on use of Heathcote’s role conventions…. Also a reminder that if you have not already done so, now is the time to get your registration in for Te…

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The empathy machine

A thought provoking article here – not directly related to drama or Mantle of the Expert, but making an excellent case for  the cool control of empathy to allow us to reason…. just what we do in our teaching when we introduce “frame distance”… Click here for link

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Article in SET (Research information for Teachers)

Check out the latest copy of SET (NZCER’s research journal for teachers) – it is in most school staffrooms – as it features an article all about Mantle of the Expert! The article was written by Deb F, Viv F, Graham P and Barb W and talks about how MOTE was used in three primary…

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A new way to think about empathy

Another stimulating offering from TED talks. This one is given by Simon Baron Cohen – renowned developmental physchologist from Cambridge university. The video is not about drama per se. Rather, Baron Cohen gives us useful new way of thinking about how empathy works. I particularly enjoyed his distinction between cognitve and affective forms of empathy.…

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