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Why I teach: The drama of learning

HEATHER MCQUILLAN
Last updated 05:00 25/09/2012

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Today I did what I love. I engaged with two classes of  11 year olds and another teacher in a process drama for the entire morning.

They used their imaginations, their wits and their recently developed debating skills. They explored ideas and concepts about belonging to a nation and facing change They negotiated and argued and called for peace and for reason and for dignity. Then they experienced threat to their way of life. They became torn and conflicted about the best choices to make.

There were moments when I almost wept at the humanity they displayed and the humour they invoked. You see I know what they don't yet. I know what they will discover as the drama unfolds tomorrow. They are being "tricked" into learning about the Treaty of Waitangi.

It was exhausting and demanding. No national standards. No assessments. No reporting. Yet valuable learning is taking place. How can that be? It's no miracle. It's called teaching. I love it.


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