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‘Mantle of the Expert’. An approach to learning about humanities through drama. What is it?. Pioneered by Dorothy Heathcote in 1994 Learning through Role Play...‘ Thinking from within a situation’ Cecily O’Neill Working as a ‘team’ with a common goal or purpose

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mantle of the expert

‘Mantle of the Expert’

An approach to learning about humanities through drama...

what is it
What is it?
  • Pioneered by Dorothy Heathcote in 1994
  • Learning through Role Play...‘Thinking from within a situation’ Cecily O’Neill
  • Working as a ‘team’ with a common goal or purpose
  • Pupils involved in decision making
  • Taking a risk!
how does it work
How does it work?
  • An enterprise
  • A client
  • A problem

Drama for Learning by Gavin Bolton

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Why?
  • Motivation
  • Higher order thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Teamwork
  • History/Geography focus
  • Enjoyment and Enrichment!
and so
And so...
  • General feedback at Staff Meeting
  • Performing Arts Week
  • Planning meeting with S.M.T
  • Generated possible ideas
  • Second Staff Meeting to share ideas
  • On going discussion and feedback on ideas
effective openers
Effective Openers
  • An e-mail from an interested party
  • A letter
  • A map
  • A mobile telephone call
  • A text message
  • A staged discussion
  • A diagram
and staff reaction
And Staff reaction?
  • Outside my comfort zone!
  • Taking a huge risk!
  • Out of my control!
  • Feel guilty about telling a lie!
  • My class are too young!
  • Confidence scores ranged from 4-9 out of ten!
where did we start
Where did we start?
  • An e-mail from Andrew Morrison at National Geographic
  • A large brass key with a letter from D.of Env.
  • An e-mail from Walt Disney Foundation
  • A letter from BBC Newsround
  • An e-mail from NASA
the new island
The New Island
  • The voyage by boat - food needed - filming by digiblues - Google Earth - Distance and speed in Maths - Geographical orientation -
newspapers for kidz
Newspapers for Kidz
  • Personalised learning themes
  • Competitive element
  • Natural selection of team leaders
  • Wealth of curriculum areas involved
  • Staff motivation
disney theme park
Disney Theme Park
  • Practical aspects and design technology
  • Team work and negotiation
  • Use of ICT
  • Range of Literacy
  • Raw enthusiasm
nasa moon hotel
NASA Moon Hotel
  • High boys interest level
  • Link to History topic
  • Designing, creating and modifying designs
  • Use of ICT
  • Teamwork
reconstruction of a norman castle
Reconstruction of a Norman Castle
  • Instant motivation
  • Cross curricular
  • Opportunities for creative pupils
  • Staff motivation and confidence
where next
Where next?
  • History focus - Children’s newspaper on Victorian Children, Tour Guide for Henry V111, Setting up a Toy Museum, Artefacts in the Attic...
  • Geography focus - Weather around the World TV station.
  • Further support - Staff INSET
  • Local Network Group
  • History Curriculum Week
  • Pupil Voice
  • Fun!
bibliography

Bibliography

‘Drama for Learning’

Mantle of the Expert approach to learning.

written by D. Heathcote & Gavin Bolton

Published by Heinemann

useful websites

Useful websites...

www.mantleoftheexpert.com

www.creative-corner.co.uk/schools/tuckswood/star_company/teachers_notes/mantleoftheexpert.html

www.creative-corner.co.uk/schools/bealings/exciting_projects/mantle_of_

the_expert.htm

www.e-gfl.org/e-gfl/custom/resources

www.futurelab.org.uk/projects/teachers_as_innovators/

stories_of_practice/mantle_of_the_expert

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