Real in all the ways that matter
by Viv Aitken
‘A few years ago I was teaching a Mantle of the Expert experience to a class of 9-year olds. One of the children asked whether what we were doing was real or made up … another boy in the class spoke up: “It’s real” he said quietly and emphatically, “in all the ways that matter.” His words capture the depth and complexity of Mantle of the Expert so perfectly I could think of no better title for this book.’
A comprehensive introduction to Mantle of the Expert
Real in all the Ways that Matter: Weaving learning across the curriculum with Mantle of the Expert by Viv Aitken is a comprehensive introduction to Mantle of the Expert.
Drawing on a decade of classroom practice, research and professional development, the book includes chapters on the history and development of the approach, a step-by-step planning guide, tools for enhancing teaching, and tips and advice for getting started. There’s case studies and cautionary tales, and also a section explaining why Mantle of the Expert is such a good fit for the goals of twenty-first century education. This book is suitable for beginners or experienced teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
The cover image shows the beginning threads of a woven korowai / cloak, or mantle. This metaphor of teaching as weaving is used throughout the book.
Here are some comments from readers and reviewers
“What a tour de force!”
Susan Battye (Drama Magic)
“Open this book to discover why and how you can transform your classroom with the Mantle of the Expert approach to dramatic inquiry. The theoretical sections and the descriptions of practice are as carefully created, presented, and engaging as Viv’s masterful teaching. Inquire, savor, and then share this gem with your teaching colleagues.”
Prof Brian Edmiston (Ohio State)
“A lucid and accessible guide to the Mantle system … Viv’s book will be valued as a resource, not only by teachers in New Zealand but by ‘apprentice weavers’ everywhere.”