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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



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  or email  (lecturer), (convenor) or (administrator) for more information.

For PDF click this link SUMMER SCHOOL 2018


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.

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.



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 



Process drama from picture books

I had the great pleasure of presenting a workshop for the Canterbury Literacy Association this week – entitled ‘dramatically enhancing the teaching of literacy in years 1-8’. The workshop focussed on how classroom drama can be used to bring picture books to life and set up opportunities for authentic literacy tasks.

I promised the participants I would share my planning. So here goes…

Two resources are attached:

The first is a plan originally developed for beginner teachers. It will be familiar to my former students as I used it for several years in preservice courses. It’s adapted from one of the units in the excellent ‘Playing our Stories’ resource (Learning Media 2001 – now sadly out of print) based on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue by Rhonda and David Armitage. It’s a fairly straightforward drama designed for those trying teacher in role and drama conventions for the first time. It’s 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. Again, this is a resource 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). As someone at the workshop pointed out, the same structure could be adapted for other books too, including novels or playtexts.

Creating drama from a picture book 2017

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 they may be useful in developing the drama skills needed for mantle teaching.



Workshops coming up in Christchurch

Kia Ora Colleagues

I’m excited to tell you about three workshops coming up in Christchurch shortly. Drama NZ is promoting two opportunities to learn about Mantle of the Expert – a ‘taster session’ on March 7th and a more in-depth planning workshop on May 22nd. Meanwhile, Canterbury Literacy Association is hosting a session focussed on using drama to enhance literacy teaching. This is on March 9th. Further details are on the attached fliers. Huge thanks to Annette Thompson and Sophie O’Rourke for their energies in making these events happen.  Christchurch flyer March May 2017     Literacy flyer March 2017


Photos from Te aho Tapu


Here’s an album of photos from the Te Aho Tapu Symposium held in Hamilton in October. Huge thanks to everyone who was involved in this fantastic event including the presenters, organisers, student helpers and children.


A full list of presentations is included on the ‘research’ page of the Mantle Aoteroa website.

The symposium was a wonderful opportunity to connect and reconnect with like-minded educators from around the country and share ideas, stories, tips and new research. I have received several emails from participants saying they went home feeling re-inspired in their practice … that’s great to hear!

Photo credits: Viv Aitken and Miguel Garcia


Christine Hatton process drama workshop 7 Sept

There are few places still available for this workshop facilitated by Christine Hatton, from University of Newcastle.

Christine (who is fabulous) will share  a unit of work exploring  Shaun Tan’s “The Red Tree” through process drama – suitable for senior primary, intermediate or junior secondary levels. Great PD for those who want to enhance their understanding of drama conventions.

The workshop is being hosted by Drama NZ, and held at the University of Waikato.

If you would like to come, you would need to register to secure a place, so please email Gaenor Stoate [] and do pass this leaflet on to others you think might be interested.

Process drama Hatton workshop


Seminars with Brian Edmiston

A final reminder about two forthcoming seminars with visiting Professor Brian Edmiston at Waikato University.  Not purely MOtE but may be of interest. The first session (hosted by WMIER – blue flyer) is aimed at education researchers and will explore dialogism and positioning theory. NB: This session has been extended to 9-12.

The second event (hosted by TDU – red flyer)  is for tertiary teachers interested in using dramatic and active approaches  in their teaching.

Both are almost full so if you want to attend, please register with the emails shown on the flyers. For the  WMIER session, please email viv on For the TDU workshop email Lissa (address as shown on flyer)

Brian Edmiston seminar Feb 2104

Prof Brian Edmiston promo flyer 180214