New Podcast Series

An Introduction to Mantle of the Expert with Viv Aitken, Tim Taylor and Whakarongo Tauranga I’m so excited to announce the launch of this new podcast which has been a labour of love for the past two years. Join me as I indulge in a VERY enjoyable and wide ranging conversation with Tim Taylor and…

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Reflections on Winter School 2022

What a wonderful occasion … Around 30 kaiako from all over Aotearoa gathered this week at Knighton Normal School in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, for two full days of learning in Mantle of the Expert. The weather was soggy, the setting was beautiful, the wairua and manaaki were incredible, and the ako was mighty. We began with…

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Maker day workshops

Now we’re finally coming out Covid restrictions, it’s great to be experiencing face-to-face workshops again. There’s nothing like the buzz of spending time with colleagues at a really practical, fun workshop, and knowing you’ll go away with new ideas and inspiration for teaching. The 2022 series of four Maker Day workshops from the DI Aotearoa…

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Exploring local history through DI

I really enjoyed co-presenting with Claire Edwards at the Puketāpapa Kahui Ako gathering at Dominion Road school in Auckland recently. The focus of the day was on the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum, and Claire and I took the opportunity to model how frame distance could be used to explore a story from local…

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Winter school 2022

Very excited to share information about this year’s Winter School in Mantle of the Expert to be held in July in Hamilton. This year, for the first time, there will be TWO courses available to choose from – one on the foundations of Mantle of the Expert, with an introduction to planning and the other…

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New Dramatic Inquiry website coming soon

The DI Network Aotearoa has used some of its Networks of Expertise (NEX) funding to set up a new website, to be launched soon. Here’s a glimpse of the cover page (still in development). The new site will be dedicated to the work of the DI Trust including NEX funded projects. It will include: information…

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DI cluster zui term 1 2022

Cluster hui are friendly, low key gatherings for teachers interested in Mantle of the Expert and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches. They are hosted by fellow teachers with experience and passion for DI. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, clusters are a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk and gain some informal PLD.…

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DNZ process drama workshop 15th October

Primary teachers – check out this opportunity coming up on Friday 15th October. Julie Dunn is a really inspiring scholar and practitioner and her book ‘Pretending to Learn’ is a classic. Information below is copied from the Drama NZ facebook page. It doesn’t mention a charge, so I think it’s a free event. You are…

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Dramatic Inquiry Symposium postponed until October 2022

When Covid interrupted our planned DI Symposium for October 2021, the organising team initially hoped to reschedule for January. However, the dates were not available, and Covid has continued to spread. So, we are rain checking the event until the October school holidays in 2022 – hopefully back at beautiful Whāngārā. We are really sorry…

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Term 3 Cluster meetings

One of the most exciting aspects of our Networks of Expertise funding is the opportunity to expand our informal teacher-teacher Cluster meetings. We now even more of these gatherings held regularly in different regions around Aotearoa – and teachers tell us they are getting LOTS of fresh ideas for their teaching AND enjoyment from meeting…

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