On 18th April the secondary cluster group held their regular skype discussion. Our small group really got its teeth into some ‘meaty’ discussion of power and the different forms it can take in a classroom. Our discussions were based around the following article written by Brian Edmiston. The article is taken from the UK Mantle…

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Thanks to Cordelia Huxtable for permission to reproduce her dissertation on Mantle of the Expert written in 2009. In this dissertation, Huxtable makes the case for the strong links between MOTE and  the Key competencies. A good read, which firmly places MOTE in the NZ context. Huxtable – MOTE and KCs

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This week the celebration of Dorothy Heathcote’s life was held in Spondon, Derbyshire, UK. It was great that our own Sarah Marino was able to attend, to represent Drama NZ and Mantle of the Expert practitioners from this part of the world. Pamela Bowell gave a moving address at the ceremony and she has given…

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This article from the UK website gives a really nice account of a teacher using drama for learning – teaching in role – the expert frame for the first time in a short ‘mini mantle’ based around the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Could be a nice model for those wanting to “dabble”.…

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Bolton, Changes in thinking about drama Ed For those who enjoy a bite of theory now and again, this article is an oldie but still a goodie. Gavin Bolton (who has done more than just about anyone else to bring Dorothy Heathcote’s work into classroom practice) wrote this article in the late eighties…. I revisited…

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I love this article from Jonathon Neelands. Written very shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Neelands makes a very rational and yet passionately argued case for drama as part of a rethink of curriculum ‘basics’. Much here of direct relevance to MOTE in NZ. I’ve just been reading some of my students’ responses to…

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