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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One of the most exciting aspects of our Networks of Expertise funding is the opportunity to expand our informal teacher-teacher Cluster meetings. We now even more of these gatherings held regularly in different regions around Aotearoa – and teachers tell us they are getting LOTS of fresh ideas for their teaching AND enjoyment from meeting…

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Term one’s Dramatic Inquiry cluster meetings were a great success, with face-to-face gatherings in Hamilton, Auckland, and Wellington – and a rich discussion over zoom between colleagues from secondary settings. As always, the low-key PLD and sharing of practice within these meetings was so valuable. Topics included: Planning in Mantle of the Expert, process dramas…

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After months of being unable to meet face to face due to Covid restrictions, it’s exciting to be able to invite teachers in the Waikato region to this face to face gathering in Hamilton. The word ‘cluster’ has a whole new meaning these days, but in this context it’s a positive thing to be part…

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Our next cluster meeting will be held over zoom to allow anyone from around NZ to participate. All welcome – very informal – BYO cuppa and afternoon tea! The focus will be on preplanning in Mantle of the Expert with teachers from Kawaha Point school sharing a recent example. If you’d like to attend, please…

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We were due to have a cluster meeting for teachers in Wellington this week, but this has been rainchecked what with one thing and another. We will definitely get back into face-to-face cluster meetings in due course. Meanwhile, how about a zoom hui / zui cluster? The advantage of this is that colleagues can join…

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Thanks to Pauline and staff at St Theresa’s for hosting our February cluster meeting. We had a good turnout of teachers who explored ideas for introducing drama for learning to Maths, History and Health activities. Some fascinating conversations, including which role conventions we might use when depicting significant figures from history. As promised, I’ll do…

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Our next cluster gathering in Wellington is coming up soon! What: An opportunity to meet like minded teachers with an interest in dramatic inquiry, and get some informal PLD. This time as requested we will run through a process drama based on a picture book. When: 16th December from 3.30 pm – 5.30pm. Don’t worry if you’re a little late – we’ll be…

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We’ve had some really buzzy cluster meetings in Wellington this year and this is set to continue with our next get together at Eastern Hutt School on Monday 21st October (from 4pm). We’ll continue with our exploration of Mantle of the Expert planning and probably learn a few new drama conventions too. This is an…

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A reminder to colleagues in Wellington that we have our next cluster meeting coming up soon. Details are as follows. Many thanks to Pauline MacLean and colleagues at St Theresa’s Catholic school who have offered to host this time round. When: 30th April 4pm onwards Where: St Theresa’s school, James St, Plimmerton, Porirua 5026 What: An informal…

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