Archive for April, 2012

Mantle of the Expert: Third Conference in Wales

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran 13th September 2012 – Following the tremendous success of two MoE conferences in Abergavenny, this will be a further opportunity for students, teachers and teacher trainers to benefit from this invaluable training opportunity.

Dorothy Heathcote’s Legacy – special two-day event

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Saturday / Sunday June 16 – 17th, 2012 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network presents – DOROTHY HEATHCOTE’S LEGACY: A special two-day event, involving a range of practitioners who will demonstrate the continuing influence of Dorothy Heathcote’s work in their current practice and thinking.

Alfie Kohn keynote

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Alfie Kohn outlines some of the general assumptions underlying standards-driven education and advocates an approach to education that contextualises learning within meaningful projects and creates a curriculum not academic but intellectual.

Interview with John Holt

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

An audio interview on Youtube with John Holt who discusses the ‘return to basics’ movement in American education in the early 1980s. Very interesting analysis of schools and education at the time and the American government’s review which advocated a concentration on literacy, numeracy and testing to drive up standards.

Photographs of Dorothy Heathcote at Work

Friday, April 6th, 2012

These photographs are from the Heathcote Archive at Manchester University and show Dorothy working with students and adults in the UK, USA and New Zealand during the 1970′s and 80′s. They wonderfully capture her great energy, creativity and commitment to making learning engaging, meaningful and enjoyable. Click here to see the full collection on Flickr.

Key Writing and Essential Reading

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Over the years mantleoftheexpert.com has collected and uploaded hundreds of articles, research papers and blogs. Many of these have been written specially for publication on the website, others have been contributions from other publications, periodicals and websites, and still others came to light while we were searching the Heathcote Archive in the summer of 2009…

Essential Reading 1: Teacher and Role

Friday, April 6th, 2012

“Teacher and Role – A drama teaching partnership” by Chris Lawrence was first published in the NATD journal in 1980. At the time Lawrence was an advisory drama teacher at Benwell Drama centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The article describes Lawrence’s experience of working as an adult-in-role with Dorothy Heathcote and a group of children in a special school in 1972…