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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These natty little film clips have been created by Luke Willis from Melville Intermediate. Here you can see Luke, colleague Jacqui and the school’s DP Sue talk about their explorations in MOtE. As you will see, these teachers were blown away with the student engagement and with the learning outcomes from their first try at…

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This is a really nice video from the UK showing two teachers using MOTE to engage young children in the story of the life of Nelson (a figure from their local history). This is a great example of how MOTE can help children gain factual knowledge through emotional engagement. Bet NZ teachers can think of…

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Here’s a cute video from Holy island school in Scotland, where teachers have been using Mantle of the Expert for some years. Sound quality is a bit mixed, but it gives some good explanations of MOTE and I love the way the children talk about how much they love this way of learning. Click here…

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I hope everyone will take a moment to watch this video. It’s lovely. Brian Edmiston working with young children in imaginative inquiry / mantle of the expert approach, extending the story of the three pigs into a cross curricula inquiry adventure. Click here for link 

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Here’s a nice little idea….  A teacher in Blackpool, UK created this “hook” for a mantle of the expert exploration with year two children using a simple video with voice over on You Tube. Something you could try too? Click here to view 

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Not sure I’m quite ready for the teacher-less classroom, but there are some exciting ideas in this TED talk that remind us how much children are capable of if they are motivated to learn through inquiry. The fundamental statement that “We need to look at learning as the process of self-organisation” is one that resonantes…

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Here’s a real treat for you. Remmber Rebekah Whyte’s year 1-2 planning for ‘Flicker the Penguin” – a mantle of the expert response to the Rena Oil Spill? This was loaded on the site about a month ago…. Well now we get the movie! Rebekah and her children created this lovely documentary about Flicker’s journey,…

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Happy new year to all subscribers to the MOTE Aoteoroa website. There are now 80+ of us! Here’s a video to kick off the new year. In this extract from a presentation given at the Dalai Lama’s Centre for Education, Ken Robinson is his usual brilliant self as he presents his core argument in favour of…

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Check out this You Tube video from Peter O’Connor, which gives a very credible and well informed critique of Charter Schools in NZ. One to watch if you want to get yourself informed on this issue. “The dominant special character of such schools tends to be one of business entrepreneurship” Is this what we want?…

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