I've been involved with P4C since 1993, and I'm still learning about it. I suspect I will never stop learning about it. Maybe that's one key reason why I love it.
I provide training that aims to provoke thought about the purposes of education in 21st Century, develop a good understanding of P4C pedagogy, and provide a whole range of very practical techniques that collegaues can use within the P4C context and in everyday lessons. Training is always interactive, and the vast majority of people leave with a smile on thier face and keen to try things out!
I've been a full time secondary teacher (Head of RE, Deputy Head of 6th Form, and School Governor), a writer for the TES, Professional Officer for ACT (Citizenship subject association), Chair of SAPERE, co-author of 3 school text books, and I'm presently an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. However, the last seven years have been predominantly spent training primary & secondary teachers in P4C in the UK and abroad (in 12 countries). I also really welcome the chance to work with the pupils in the 60 + schools I collaborate with each year.
I really believe that the 21st Century is going to bring challenges that contemporary education is not preparing our children for. P4C is one way of redressing this; helping to make all children wiser, not just some of them cleverer.
Do check my website: www.thinkingeducation.co.uk You can email me through that, and there are some free resources for you there. All the best! Will
Ideas for teachers and pupils to monitor, reflect on and 'celebrate the good stuff'.
A graphic organiser to help explore dimensions of a question.
Ideas for developing children's powers of questioning .
Tips for developing criteria for good arguing and good arguments.
An activity that helps pupils to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of reasons for an opinion.