Resources, thoughts and links related to my work with schools.
Lucy West of Metamorphosis TLC discussing the five types of talk that occur in classrooms, and the need for balance between them.
An example of raising engagement in learning through using power of open questions.
A recommended read for anyone wanting to develop Talk in their school.
Ways to play Odd One Out - the reasoning and P4C warm-up game.
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Examples of what staff decided to do differently, after reading pupil voice about talk in their classrooms.
More pupil voice about the idea of changing talk partners more often.
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.
Game and Metcalfe 2009
‘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’.
Sometimes we just assume our pupils have understood the lesson…
What a class of Manchester nine year olds decided to talk about in P4C.
In a recent SAPERE P4C update it was great to hear that P4C is being recognised by Ofsted as helping pupils with life readiness and wellbeing.
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.
Fascinating programme on BBC Radio 4 today - made me deeply sad and compelled to do more…
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…
Over the past few months I’ve been asking teachers whether they think P4C has changed them.