This week the celebration of Dorothy Heathcote’s life was held in Spondon, Derbyshire, UK. It was great that our own Sarah Marino was able to attend, to represent Drama NZ and Mantle of the Expert practitioners from this part of the world. Pamela Bowell gave a moving address at the ceremony and she has given…

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Natalie and Alex from Puketaha school have provided a link to their classroom blog. Check out the ‘links’ on the right of our home page or click the link below to visit. You might notice that some of the blog is written in role… Thanks guys for sharing this with us! http://classof2011room1.wordpress.com

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A final reminder that enrolments for ALED 515, the University of Waikato’s postgraduate paper in Mantle of the Expert will be closing soon. This year the paper will be taught through a combination of oncampus classes (16th to 20th January, Windermere Campus, Tauranga) and follow up work online (concluding end of term one). The paper…

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Check out the new page just inserted into the website under ‘planning in MOTE – teacher resources’  Or click here.  On this page you will find 10 concept ideas for MOTE plans all very different and all with a distinctly NZ theme. These concepts for Mantle of the Expert units of work were designed by…

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Very sad to report the death of another important figure within drama education circles in this part of the world –  Prof. John Carroll. I attach here below an extract from an obituary for John written by Susan Battye. To read the whole thing, visit the drama NZ website….   Professor John Carroll, BA NE,…

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This week we received a message from the Heathcote family with information about Dorothy’s Life Celebration, which is to be held on 11th December at St. Werburgh’s Church, Church Street, Spondon, DERBY DE21 7LL in the UK. The celebration will be followed by a party. If there is anyone from NZ who is able to…

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A successful planning session was held in Hamilton last week where local teachers came together to brainstorm ideas and share advice for term four: Amongst others, we generated the following ideas: A Mantle of the expert approach to the story Jack and the Beanstalk, for year two primary students. In this case, the teacher has…

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Visitors to this site may have noticed a few updates to the way the site is being used. Responding to teachers’ requests for a less ‘public’ space for discussion and asking questions, we have now added a “Moodle” discussion forum. This will allow users to interact directly with each other, post questions, offer advice etc.…

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A new link has been added to Robin Mills’ blog about room 5’s adventures at Puketaha school. Thanks Robin – Check out the blog here http://puketaha5.wordpress.com  

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Robin Mills from  Puketaha school has sent a message telling us the latest about her teaching in Mantle of the Expert. Children are in role as nature rangers running an island sanctuary for native animals off the shores of NZ. The island sanctuary (imagined) where we are based as rangers is rather uncomfortably close to where…

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