Resources, thoughts and links related to my work with schools.
Tips for playing this popular P4C warm-up game which develops creative thinking plus turn-taking, listening, responding, and recognising shapes.
Talking Toys enables children to immediately organise their turn-taking.
Developing children’s communication and relationships by enabling them to talk with lots of different peers.
Celebrating a useful and fun resource.
By naming 26 ways of thinking in a simple alphabetical structure, the new Thinking Moves A-Z provides a language for teachers and students to reflect on their own cognitive processes - enhancing thinking and deepening learning.
Book now for P4C Level 1 training in Manchester, 2nd & 9th October 2019. High impact training for teachers, also suitable for school leaders, teaching assistants, governors and parents.
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.
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 using the 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.
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.