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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The University of Auckland, NZEI, the Principals Federation and the Sir John Kirwan Foundation have partnered to create www.teritotoi.org an online resource to support teachers to return to school through the arts and wellbeing. This is a very valuable, and very attractive resource with lots of inspirational ideas for using drama and other arts. The resource was…

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Coming up VERY SOON, Drama New Zealand is offering two FREE workshops for primary and intermediate teachers looking at dramatic inquiry for home learning / distance learning. These will be held over ZOOM and facilitated by Viv Aitken and Renee Downey. Further information below (including full flier and facilitator biographies) There has already been a…

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I’m writing this on the final day of March. It’s incredible to realise how fast things have changed from just a few short weeks ago, when our response to Covid-19 was limited to teaching the kids to sing “Happy Birthday to you” twice over as they washed their hands. Now the world has flipped. We…

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He waka eke noa In early March, a group of teachers with a passion for Dramatic Inquiry travelled from all over Aotearoa to attend a two-day hui in Wellington. Our purpose was to begin the process of establishing a not-for-profit Charitable Trust. The Trust will produce resources, provide courses and provide support so that more…

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Exploremore is a brilliant new initiative from a group in the UK including Tim Taylor. I really recommend checking it out. As the blurb on the ‘exploremore’ site says, These ideas are a really simple form of learning using stories and adventures, where children become the ‘people’ whose help is needed to solve a problem.…

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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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