Last night there was a big debate on Twitter about the usefulness (or otherwise) of the Mantle of the Expert. If you’re unfamiliar with this idea / theory / technique, there’s a lot of information on the website Mantle of the Expert.com.
A number of those in favour of the technique, claimed the reason for their support was because it worked for them. I’m not sure if that means they really believe all the claims made about it, or simply that because their pupils liked doing the activities, they feel that it was a successful (ie: not a riotous) lesson.
On the NFER blog there’s an exploration of the idea of ‘It worked for me‘, worth reading, and I’m not going to delve into the issues raised.
But I’m left wondering just how many teachers really use this? How many believe in it? How many think it’s mad? How many are utterly baffled by the whole thing?
I can’t find anything that gives me a clearer picture how widespread support is for this (or not, as the case may be), so please take a moment and complete the poll below. I’m aware that won’t give a definitive answer, but it seems like a good place to start.
I’m also interested in your thoughts about it, be they supportive or dismissive, so please add a comment too.