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Message from Luke Abbott

Received this message of support from Luke Abbott in the UK. Thanks Luke for the words of encouragement!

Dear all in New Zealand,
I have had a tour of the site-what a great contribution you will make
to the global understanding of the system. We know the work involved
in putting a site together as Tim Taylor will tell. I just wanted to
leave a message to say how brilliant this is for the whole community
of mantle of the expert users and we will keep delving into your
researches. Finally I hope we can meet up again to work through the
conundrums of the system and help as many teachers as possible take
advantage of the gifts given gratis by Dr Dorothy Heathcote.
Let the journey of 1000 miles begin!

Luke Abbott


MOTE features at IFTE and DNZ conferences

It was great to see the interest in MOTE at two recent education conferences held in Auckland over the Easter break.

A workshop held at the IFTE conference Much Ado About English (held at University of Auckland business school) attracted a group of specialist Secondary English teachers. Most were new to MOTE and attended the workshop because of an interest in integration and drama as pedagogy.

There was also a positive response from delegates at the Drama NZ conference Unplugged held this week at St Kentigern college.

On Wednesday I gave a presentation called “Everything Links to Everything Doesn’t it?” This offered some insights into the TLRI-funded research project Connecting Learning, Connecting Curriculum and the work being done with MOTE within the project.

I also ended up presenting on the Friday because unfortunately, Kathleen W and Georgie D were unable to present their workshop “Let’s talk about Mantle”. On their invitation, I took the opportunity to re-visit the Othello work I had done with the English teachers the week before. I think it went rather well!

I promised to share the planning model from the conference workshops – it’s a work in progress but may be of interest. Follow this link PLANNING PREZI


Mantle of the Expert – Welcome


Haere Mai, Haere Mai, Haere Mai! WELCOME!

This website is for teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand interested in Dorothy Heathcote’s dramatic inquiry approach to teaching and learning:


  • Find out more about Mantle of the Expertmantle of ex titanic 005
  • Keep up with the latest news
  • Connect with others in your area for face-to-face meetings and support
  • Access and share resources for planning in your classroom
  • Read blogs from NZ teachers using MOTE in their classrooms (see ‘links’ on right)
  • Find information about workshops & courses in MOTE and related fields
  • Link to international online material related to MOTE

Using this website and resources

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Tauranga Cluster Aug 14

The design of the site is kept as simple as possible: the best way to find your way around is to use a ‘search’ for key terms – or you can use the ‘menu’ tabs (across the top of this page) or click on something of interest in the list of  ‘categories’ on the right.

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