This message was written on 24th March 2019 – reposted here 30th March Kia ora colleaguesMy thoughts are with you all as you scramble to sort through the realities of our country moving into lockdown. I hope you’re doing OK in these stressful days.I just need to let you know that given the situation with…

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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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Oops – sorry for the late notice. This one crept up on me. A reminder for those in Wellington that our next cluster meeting will be Tuesday 11th Feb 3.30pm onwards at St Theresa’s School in Plimmerton. These gatherings are always so worthwhile… a low key opportunity to meet up with likeminded folks from the…

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Frame distancing is a very helpful concept to understand when working with drama, particularly if the content area to be explored is tricky or sensitive in some way. Frame distance provides a way of thinking about the different functions or points of view of roles and how these can provide ‘distance’ or ‘proximity’ to an…

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You may have seen a recent post advertising Tim Taylor’s workshop tour in July – August 2020. In conjunction with this, we are also offering a three day Winter School. This is designed for more experienced Mantle of the Expert practitioners, especially those in leadership roles in schools. Enrolment is by invitation with limited places…

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Enrolments are now open for the one-day workshops in Northland 22nd July, Auckland 24th July, Hamilton 27th July, Hawkes Bay 29th July, Wellington  31st July and Christchurch 3rd August. CLICK HERE to go straight to the enrolment form.

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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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This learning story comes from Owhango school – a small rural school in King Country. Owhango school has 47 children, 2 teachers (Emma and Jessie) and a principal (Ewan) with a real passion for the arts. Ewan applied for funding for PLD and that’s how come I got to spend the last two years visiting…

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Whakarongo Tauranga from Knighton School in Hamilton has generously offered to share this account of some recent work in her classroom. Download the full file below. During 2019, Whakarongo has led a team of 10 committed folk at Knighton school to explore how dramatic inquiry, including Mantle of the Expert, can be used to teach…

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We’re delighted to let you know that Tim Taylor (author of Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert) will be visiting Aotearoa in July – August 2020, with a series of one-day professional development workshops in Mantle of the Expert around the country. Tim will also be collaborating with Viv Aitken to offer a Winter School for experienced practitioners. This will…

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