Archive for January, 2017
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.