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Tim Taylor’s planning for Florence Nightingale Mantle

Here is the powerful Mantle of the Expert plan Tim Taylor introduced us to at winter school in July 2018. Thanks so much Tim for writing up the notes and your generosity in making them available for all.

The planning is based on the work of Florence Nightingale and her team of nurses at Scutari during the Crimean war. As well as being a good introduction to this piece of European history, it also touches on universal human themes of standing up to authority, the experience of being away from home and the roles played by medical personnel in conflict.

Originally taught with young children (approx year 2) the planning would work equally with older age groups …  I can personally attest to this having spent two days exploring the context and becoming fully invested – along with all the other adults in the room!

Planning notes       Powerpoint slides

Tim’s planning has inspired me to make a collection of process drama / Mantle of the Expert plans based on New Zealand historical events. If you have done some planning on local history and are happy to share – or can recommend some good resources, please let me know and I will share in my next post.

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Winter school

The first ever winter school (designed for teachers in Aotearoa with some experience in Mantle of the Expert) was held in Hamilton on 9th-10th July. It was well attended and very well received. Twenty-four teachers from all over the country spent two days with Tim Taylor, whose name will be familiar as the author of the “Beginner’s guide to Mantle of the Expert” and convenor of the Mantle of the Expert UK website. Tim guided us through the first five steps of a Mantle of the Expert experience he’s developed based on the life of Florence Nightingale. It was really engaging – both in terms of the subject matter, which came to life in really meaningful ways – and in terms of deepening our understandings of the nuances of teaching in Mantle of the Expert.

As one of the participants said:

The artistry behind what Tim did / does is incredible and I valued so much the opportunity to discuss and share ideas. 

His way of thinking, seemed so obvious once he’d said it, the process and opportunities for learning seemed so simple but the knowledge and understanding that sat behind how Tim got there was absolutely mind blowing. Definitely aspirational and inspirational.

Amongst other taonga shared at the workshop was this tool Tim and Brian’s sequencing tool, developed by Tim and prof Brian Edmiston. It’s a really useful way of thinking about sequencing as it gives seven possible ways to start – or move from task to task within a Mantle of the Expert experience.

Tim has promised to share his planning notes with us once these are written up. In the mean time, other examples of his very skilful planning can be found on the UK website.

Thanks Tim for a great workshop. Travel safely home and we look forward to welcoming you back again in future!

 

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Cluster group and Winter school

Here’s some information about two professional development opportunities coming up in the Waikato & Bay of Plenty.  The first is an informal get together suitable for beginners and those looking for planning ideas and support. The other is a full weekend of professional development for more advanced practitioners, with the amazing Tim Taylor from the UK (author of ‘Beginners Guide to Mantle of the Expert’).

If you’re someone who has been dying to dig deeper into Mantle of the Expert – whether as a beginner or as an experienced teacher looking for that next step in your journey – there is something here for you.

22 May 2018: Bay of Plenty Cluster meeting at Omokoroa Point School, 37 Hamurana Rd, Omokoroa 3114.  3.30pm-5.30pm ish. No charge. Just bring your questions and planning ideas and something to share for afternoon tea. To register attendance or find out more please contact Stephan Hall on shall@omokoroapoint.school.nz  

9-10 July 2018: Mantle of the Expert Winter school with Viv Aitken and Tim Taylor to be held at Institute of Professional Development, Waikato University, Hamilton. Limited places available. This workshop will not be advertised to the public and is suitable for teachers and school leaders with some experience in planning and implementing Mantle of the Expert. Cost is $400. More information on the attached flier or contact iplworkshops@waikato.ac.nz. Enrolment is here http://iplworkshops.ac.nz/workshops/?course_id=5716

Winter School Final

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Mantle of the Expert introductory workshop in Auckland

After requests for a workshop in the Auckland region, the IPL is running this ‘Introduction to Mantle of the Expert’ workshop on 12th October in West Auckland. If you are new to the approach and keen to learn more – especially if you are considering enrolling for the January summer school at University of Waikato – this is the session for you! Participants will experience a taste of Mantle in action and be introduced to some key elements of planning and implementation. Cost is $50 plus GST. For enrolments – click here 

For PDF of flier click here Mantle of Expert

 

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Summer school 2018

Delighted to confirm details of the 2018 Mantle of the Expert summer school at Waikato University.

Please see flier below for dates, information, and very humbling testimonials from past students. Enrolments are open now – with a cut off date of 17th November.

Please visit https://papers.waikato.ac.nz/2018/ARTSE/ALED515  or email viv.aitken@waikato.ac.nz  (lecturer), claire.coleman@waikato.ac.nz (convenor) or  traceyr@waikato.ac.nz (administrator) for more information.


For PDF click this link SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

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Introduction to Mantle of the Expert workshop – Gisborne

The Institute of Professional Learning at the University of Waikato is hosting an Introduction to Mantle of the Expert session in Gisborne on Thursday 22nd June. Details are on the attached flier.

Mantle of the Expert

You can also enrol via this online link. http://iplworkshops.ac.nz/workshops/?course_id=5349

I’m delighted to be taking this session to Gisborne, where there’s a fair bit of interest thanks to colleagues from the area doing great work with dramatic inquiry in their schools.

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in attending. Cost is $50 per person.

 

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Two Mantle of the expert PD opportunities in Whangarei – next week!

Thanks to Renee Downey and the team from Otaika Valley in Whangarei who are hosting two PD sessions for local teachers with an interest in Mantle of the Expert. It’s short notice (sorry) and places are limited but here’s the information in case colleagues from the Northland region would be interested in a last minute registration … Haere mai – all welcome.

Thursday 23rd March is a session focussed on Mantle in the Junior school…. This will follow on from our session in November last year – with an introduction to planning and some further drama conventions. Even if you didn’t make the previous one, it would be great to have you along.

Tuesday 28th March is a session designed for those with a little more experience in Mantle… though once again, anyone is welcome to attend. Participants are asked to bring questions or problems of practice, which we will explore together.

For more information about either of these workshops, including cost, start & finish times and directions to the school, please contact Renee on r.downey@otaika.school.nz 

 

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Process drama from picture books

 

Process drama is a great way to bring stories to life in the classroom – and to become familiar with the conventions and strategies used in Mantle of the Expert. Picture books provide a wonderful starting point for planning, as they provide many of the ‘raw ingredients’ for successful drama. In this post I share two resources:

The first is a plan adapted from one of the units in the excellent ‘Playing our Stories’ resource (Learning Media 2001 – now sadly out of print). It’s a fairly straightforward drama based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue by Rhonda and David Armitage. Designed to support for those trying teacher in role and drama conventions for the first time, the plan is fully ‘scripted’ with links to curriculum etc.

Mrs Grinlings problem 2017

The second resource follows on from the first and gives a set of 12 steps to follow to create your own drama using the same structure with a different picture book. This is a framework for planning I developed and trialled with student teachers over many years. It seems to work pretty well, with many fabulous original dramas developed using these steps. An advantage of developing your own drama is you can choose books that suit your context (for example using texts in te reo, or more complex sophisticated picture books for senior students). The same structure could be adapted for other books too, including novels or playtexts.

Creating drama from a picture book 2018

I do hope you find these resources useful. Just to clarify, they are not ‘mantle’ plans in the sense of setting up full-length cross curricula dramatic inquiry … but I hope they may be useful in developing the drama skills needed for mantle teaching.

See other posts on this site for  tips for teaching in role including dealing with uncertainty from participants and the importance of clear signalling.

 

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