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HOW DO I START PLANNING IN MANTLE OF THE EXPERT?

Teaching in Mantle of the Expert draws on the skills, understandings and strategies of process drama, inquiry and relational pedagogy. The planning process is huge fun, but it’s not straightforward. There is no simple template or set of tricks you can pick up and use … It’s more of an ongoing process of discovery, reflection, questioning and crafting of your own practice. The key advice from your fellow teachers is to start small!

When you first start out in Mantle of the Expert teaching experience, you may wish to follow an existing plan rather than create your own. Have a look through this site for ideas, or check out www.mantleoftheexpert.com.

When you are ready to plan your own Mantle of the Expert experience, there are four stages to follow:

Stage 1: Preplanning

This is where you gather your ideas and ensure the core elements of Mantle of the Expert are in place. Use the flow chart below to help you with this. Fill a large sheet of paper with answers to each question on the chart:

A more dynamic version of the preplanning questions with helpful handouts embedded can be found here

Pre-planning tool – The preplanning ‘circle’

Stage 2: Mapping

In this phase, you plan an overall sense of where the Mantle might go, taking into account the arc of a successful drama including where tensions might be introduced. This could be done by hand, or on a set of slides.

Mapping tool – a map of a possible Mantle journey

Stage 3: Micro planning

This is where you produce your individual plans for episodes of teaching, including timeframes, key questions, links to curriculum etc. Here is where you will select drama conventions, plan questions and strategies for effective implementation.

There are many tools you can draw on to finesse your micro-planning. A few are shown below – explore the site for others.

Micro-planning tool – list of Heathcote’s role conventions

Micro-planning tool – tips on Questioning

Stage 4: Storying

It is really useful for the teacher to ‘story’ the Mantle as it unfolds. This can be done using a blog or big book, the classroom walls. Storying helps all participants follow the flow of the unfolding adventures AND allows the teacher to use ‘retrospective’ planning and respond to learning opportunities as they arise.

Check out blogs on this site for examples of this.

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Introductory planning guide for teacher