Auckland theatre company has a long history of creating quality theatre for adults and young people. Now it’s developing a brand new programme for young children from years 1-3 called ‘Storyworlds.’ In this approach, children are taken on a creative adventure by actor-teachers, who use a range of dramatic inquiry strategies (including teacher in role,…

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The National Literacy conference was held last week at Rangi Ruru school in Christchurch with the theme of “Arts as a Bridge to Literacy”. As promised, here’s a PDF of slides from Viv’s keynote address with notes to help make sense of the visuals. There are also links you can click to further information. Many…

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This one is a real blast from the past … a video made in 2008 (woah, more than a decade ago) about IDEA drama group in Hamilton. This group, which ran for over 5 years, was for adults with intellectual disability and was all about exploring stories through process drama. Occasionally these process dramas were…

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This video gives a pretty thorough biographical account of Dorothy Heathcote’s life and career, including the development of Mantle of the Expert. Thanks to mantleoftheexpert.com for making this available.

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Here’s one of the most famous videos ever made of Dorothy Heathcote’s work. Three Looms Waiting, shot in 1970, was a BBC documentary about Heathcote and shows examples of her methods at that time. While none of the episodes show Mantle of the Expert (as she hadn’t invented it yet) there is lots to learn…

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Just back from a lovely writing retreat in Taupo with 6 colleagues who previously attended the Mantle summer school. It was a  rich time of conversation, reconnection and affirmation of the huge value of our mahi in drama and dramatic inquiry. Not everyone was writing on mantle-related topics but we all found the focus we…

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This video from D4LC (Drama for learning and creativity – a UK-based initiative by Patrice Baldwin) shows classroom teacher Terri English using teacher-in-role to teach maths with her class of new entrants. While not a full-blown mantle, the video provides a really useful illustration of ‘mantle-esque’ aspects of drama (taking a low status role and…

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This video from the UK-based  ‘Teachers TV’ channel on You Tube introduces a simple but effective process drama based on a sophisticated picture book. The video shows teacher in role, writing in role and various drama conventions in use. I love how the video moves between a classroom example, the enthusiastic insights offered by the…

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Enjoy this podcast from The Teachers’ Education Review Forum (an Australian podcast channel) in which Dan Haesler interviews Tim Taylor about Mantle of the Expert. https://soundcloud.com/ter-podcast/ter-079-mantle-of-the-expert#t=26:25 Tim talks about: His first introduction to Mantle of the Expert through Luke Abbott and Dorothy Heathcote [26.51] What Mantle is and how it works [31.23] The ‘paradox’ of Mantle –…

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This short clip is something rather special. It was captured at the recent Te Aho Tapu symposium, in Hamilton (October 2016) and shows the climax of a teaching demonstration by Prof Peter O’Connor and a group of young people from Rototuna Junior High School. Peter and the children worked together over two sessions exploring ideas and moments from John Marsden’s Home and…

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