Welcome to Mantle of the Expert.com
Hello, welcome to Mantle of the expert.com. This website has been designed as a central location for information and resources on Mantle of the Expert. It will be useful to teachers, students and school leaders interested in using and developing MoE as an approach to teaching and learning for the 21st Century.
New and detailed planning units for mantle of the expert available on our sister site imaginative-inquiry.co.uk
This extract is from, “A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert”
On the face of it Mantle of the Expert seems to involve a paradox: how can we expect children to be experts when they know so little? Doesn’t being an expert require long years of dedicated study, experience, and reflective practice? Won’t asking children to think and act like experts be a silly pretence and a waste of valuable teaching time?
For the last seven years we have been working with the Qattan Foundation in Palestine developing Mantle of the Expert in schools across the country. Based around their hugely successful summer course, where Palestinian teachers from all over the Middle East travel for an intensive two week course in drama for learning, the Qattan project is one of the most advanced and extensive Mantle of the Expert programmes in the world.
This paper records a sequence of lessons planned and taught by Lisa Hinton and Luke Abbott at Woodrow First School, Redditch in October 2016. It involves the use of Dorothy Heathcote’s ‘Task Rubric‘, which she documented in detail during her work in Turkey in 2010 and was later decoded by Luke during a weekend at Ringsfield Hall in November 2015.
How to use images with students as a way to generate thinking, grab their interest, and communicate knowledge. “I’d like to show you a painting, it was painted about 500 years ago of an English king called Henry VII. Take a careful look and see what you notice?”
This is an open question, asking the students to look rather than guess. If I did this with a class in Year 5 I’d expect them to notice the gold chain round his neck, his hat and cloak, the rose in his hand, and the writing at the bottom of the painting.
The next fantastic Mantle of the Expert weekend at Ringsfield Hall is in March. Places are nearly all gone, but there are still a few left.
“This is the book I wish I had had when I was starting out as a teacher. And even now, twenty-one years on, I know it’s one I’ll return to again and again. Tim doesn’t just tell us – in simple, clear and glorious detail – the what and how of Mantle of the Expert. But he delves beautifully and sensitively into the why. He shows us the importance of perspective in building children’s capacities for acting with grace, responsibility and thoughtfulness. He examines the careful balance between freedom and rigour that the pedagogy offers. He gives clear and engaging examples from his own practice and ultimately, he reminds us that to be a teacher is to be a guide into a future in which children are equipped with the power to build a better world.” – Debra Kidd
The following resources and planning are linked to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Mantle of the Expert’
Category: A Beginner's Guide
The following schools have been awarded the Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark, qualifying them as registered Training Schools. If you would like to visit one of these schools to see mantle of the expert in action and to discuss the approach with teachers who use it, please contact them directly through the links.
Ever wondered what it would be like to rescue an injured baby orangutan or be the first person to step onto an undiscovered shore? Then our Mantle of the Expert study day will give you a taste of an exciting, creative and enabling method of teaching and learning. The study day, at our Mantle of […]
Bealings School is a small village primary school in Suffolk who have been on the leading edge of curriculum and pedagogical innovation for many years. Trained by Luke Abbott in the use of the moe approach, Bealings has been described by Ofsted in recent inspections as an outstanding and unique school.
The Bealings study days are an opportunity to visit the school, watch mantle of the expert in action and to talk to the staff and children about the excitement and challenges of using the approach.