The game ‘Odd One Out’ is a great way to begin lessons on specific themes or topics - you can quickly create a resource box that will last for the duration of the topic.
I strongly recommend providing Talk Prompts to help pupils formulate high quality spoken sentences and then bring powerful, formal phrases into their writing.
An example of raising engagement in learning using the power of open questions.
Ways to play Odd One Out - the reasoning and P4C warm-up game.
When using random selection in whole class learning, if a child doesn’t respond, there are several options.
Children continually reflecting on their learning and selecting the right level of challenge.
I’ve noticed it’s useful to provide Pupil Talk Prompts that enable them to ask for thinking time or help.
Lolly sticks are a really simple way to randomly select children, but like anything they need to be used properly.
‘Hands up’ is a very common way of inviting pupil participation in lessons. However, research shows that typically only around 25% of the class raise their hands.
Magical results of modelling pair talk using a ‘talking toy’.
A great way to start the day in Early Years - developing early language and reasoning as well as engaging families in their child’s learning.
Two fun warm-up games that you can use in your P4C practice.
Pupils immediately speaking in more powerful, articulate sentences as a result of a really simple technique.
Adults love doing P4C just as much as children…
Ways to get children to generate philosophical questions from a stimulus.
This summer I was lucky enough to attend the annual summer seminar organised by the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) based at Montclair State University, NJ.
I was thrilled to see the newly-developed promise displayed in every classroom on a return visit to one of my 'talk schools'.
What children think of changing talk partners more often.
Schools can benefit from implementing a talk agreement, promise, or pledge.
Pair talk / talk partners is an excellent technique (as long as it’s done properly!)