When we think about teaching in role, or putting participants in role it can be easy to assume that must be done in ‘full role’ – where the person in role moves, walks, talks and responds exactly like someone would in real life. However, that’s only one option. Dorothy Heathcote suggested 33 different ways of…

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New Zealand colleagues may be interested in this event on 13th March. It’s scheduled for UK time but available internationally. Worth staying up all night for…! Here’s the blurb from the UK site. More details at THIS LINK Designed for an international audience this event will provide attendees with practical and imaginative ideas to use…

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In 2021 we are continuing and expanding our free cluster meetings. These are informal gatherings, usually over afternoon tea, where teachers share stories of success and challenge, develop plans and resources, and take away practical ideas to try in their classroom. If you’re someone who already uses Dramatic Inquiry (Dramatic play, process drama, drama for…

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After many years of informal networking, and more than a year of careful planning, I’m excited to announce that a group of colleagues from around Aotearoa has formed a Trust dedicated to supporting the future of Dramatic Inquiry in this country. The Dramatic Inquiry Network Aotearoa Trust is a holding name. We intend to review…

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Thanks to the editors for permission to share this article: Real Learning in Imagined Worlds: Supporting Literacy Learning with Dramatic Inquiry, recently published in Literacy Forum: the journal of the New Zealand Literacy Association. Here’s a link to their website where you can find out more about this publication and the work of the Association.…

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Here’s an exciting professional development opportunity coming up in the new year. On Tuesday 26th January, join Sue Bleaken and Viv Aitken in Hamilton to explore how process drama can be used to teach principles of restorative practice. The one-day workshop is based on Sue’s successful school-wide programme at Melville Intermediate, which ran for several…

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I’m delighted to share this resource created by the fabulous year two teaching team at Hillcrest Normal School: Catherine Blewden, Jordyn Lye, Ashley Patterson, Anna Harrison, and Tina ter Ellen. The planning was inspired by other home learning adventures “Dog Squad”, and “Troll Hunters”. The teachers originally designed the resource for use during home learning…

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If you subscribe to the UK Mantle of the Expert website, you will have received information about an online training event coming up on 21st November 2020. Looks like an exciting opportunity. Of course the time difference means it will run in the middle-of-the-night NZ time, but given how many NZ teachers attended the recent…

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