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How children learn best -Listen, Talk, Trust

If punishment works why does punishment still exist? This is actually a question asked by a 7 year old child in a philosophical discussion using the picturebook Not Now Bernard by David McKee. The children had commented that they thought it strange that Bernard was ignored by his parents rather than punished for being annoying. By the end of the session the majority of children had constructed a theory that ignoring
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Philosophical storyplaying… Robots

  Starting with a story… The following dialogue was overheard whilst 4 boys were playing “space robots” Don’t get me, bad robot I’m not getting you, I’m downloading you. Don’t get my baby either Robots can’t have babies. I later read this conversation back to the group as a story to be acted out inside our giant storybook. The children were then asked to think about whether there could be baby robots? The discus
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Philosophical storyplay adventures in the classroom

 Do your children have amazing thoughts and questions about life that you would like to help them turn into a philosophical storyplaying adventure? click on the image for details
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What I didn’t get to say on BBC 5 live this morning.

Results are released today of a year long study funded by the Education Endowment Foundation with over 3100 9&10 year olds in UK primary Schools. The study shows that just 1 hour a week of P4C leads to progress equivalent to an extra 3 & 4 months of reading, writing and mathematical over the year. A significant finding raising the profile of the work of SAPERE.( Society for advancement of philosophical enquir
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Powerful Person

Who is the most powerful?  A Wizard or A Teacher I wonder. .what powers do they have?  Which is the best power to have and why?
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“No David”

No David: by David Shannon http://youtu.be/l4g5z_FEAtA What questions and thoughts do the children have about this video based on the book by David Shannon? Why does David keep being told “No”? Should children be allowed to break things and make mess if they are playing? Can you learn without playing ? How do kids know what is right and what is wrong? What would happen if parents weren’t  allow
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The Troll’s problem

Trolls can only digest grass and goats. Goats can digest anything. Those greedy goats have eaten all their grass and now want to cross the Bridge to eat mine. What should I do?
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What if. ..

The only currency in the world was chocolate coins? Facilitation ideas. .. Would everybody in the world have fair access to wealth? Would you rather eat it or buy things with it? Would all chocolate become valuable? Could anyone start producing chocolate currency? What problems might there be?  Concepts to explore.… wealth, equality, choice
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BETTER or WORSE?- Smiley Money.

Imagine we could decide to get rid of money as we know it. In order to buy things you would now only use a smile. Would this be a better or worse system than we have now?  WHAT do you THINK and WHY ? Facilitation ideas Which would make you wealthier money or smiles ? Is wealthy the same as being rich? Do we need a currency to be happy? If we used smiles would some people be richer than others? Would a smile stil
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A Child’s Work. The Importance of Fantasy Play

My work in Philosophical Play is strongly influenced by the work of Vivian Gussin Paley. As Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Read more to find out why…. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/644871.html
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