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Miguel’s Mantle of the Expert adventures

Miguel Garcia is a beginning teacher based in New Plymouth. He’s embarking on his second Mantle of the Expert this term.

Check out this blog where Miguel and Viv discuss planning and teaching as the adventures unfold with this class. Should be of particular interest to beginners – though more experienced practitioners are also invited to view, comment and offer advice.

Only a handful of posts to read so far, but if you subscribe (see top right corner of blog) you can stay in touch with updates over the final few weeks…

Please note, as yet the blog doesn’t include any photos – these will be added once all the parent’s permission slips are in.

Thanks Miguel for being brave enough to share the ups and downs of this journey!




New Blog – Mantle of the Expert, my current understanding

I’d like to alert you to a new  blogging project I’m starting today. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time – since 2009 in fact – when Dorothy Heathcote presented me with the photocopy of a handwritten document entitled “Mantle of the Expert – my current understanding”. This was her keynote for the Weaving our Stories conference held in Hamilton, New Zealand in that year. The keynote was also videorecorded and can be viewed from the UK mantle of the expert website here. (On the same page you can also find  the inspiring keynote delivered by Luke Abbott at the same event).

Anyway, the blog that I am starting today is my attempt to offer a kind of ‘reader’s guide’ to Prof Heathcote’s keynote. Each post will offer a ‘bite sized chunk’ of the address, along with commentary and interpretation. I hope it will be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike – and that people will join in with their own comments, questions and responses…

If you’d like to subscribe to the blog and receive updates on the project, please visit the vivadramablog here and subscribe. I will also set up a link from the ‘blogs’ section of the Mantle of the Expert Aotearoa website.

Ka kite!


Digital rolling role project. Secondary teachers should check this out!

In my report from the Heathcote conference I mentioned the digital rolling role project that had been trialled by teachers from a range of countries.

Of particular interest to secondary colleagues, this project is an exciting example of how online spaces can be used for drama collaboration. Sue Davis has now kindly shared her slides on slideshare. Well worth a look.