Mantle of the Expert is an education approach that uses imaginary contexts to generate purposeful and engaging activities for learning.
Mantle of the Expert works by the teacher planning a fictional context where the students take on the responsibilities of an expert team. As the team, they are commissioned by a client to work on an assignment, which has been planned to generate tasks and activities that will involve them in studying and developing wide areas of the curriculum.
For example, a class of students are cast as a team of archaeologists excavating an Egyptian tomb for the Cairo Museum. To complete the commission the students will need to research ancient Egyptian history – finding out about tombs, artefacts, and rituals – and, in the process, will study wide areas of the curriculum including, history, geography, art, design and RE, as well as developing skills in reading, writing, problem solving, and inquiry. Mantle of the Expert is not designed to teach the entire curriculum, all the time, but is rather an approach to be used selectively by the teacher along with a range of other methods.
At Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog we follow the Mantle of the Expert approach in all of our Literacy and Topic work. The children work with their teachers to decide on a theme and staff then work with the children to develop their work through Mantle.
Both staff and pupils love Mantle of the expert and we are looking forward to finding out where we are all going next on our journeys!