A game to mix up a group and introduce philosophical questions.
PEOPLE USE GAMES for all sorts of reasons. To focus pupils attention, to provide an analogy for some aspect of conduct in an enquiry, to liven people up, to get people to have a bit of fun together or to create an atmosphere of cordiality in a group. Most of the games can be adapted to work with different age groups but some might be better with older children.
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An e-book with 14 activities to enliven your P4C sessions. There are short thinking games, ideas for role plays and routines you can adapt for mini-enquiries and follow-ups.
A favourite game that enables social mixing and encourages children to enjoy reflecting and making up their minds. It can also be varied and extended in many ways, and could be built up as a regular activity, rather than as a one-off.
Count Down (or Count up) are Stand Up (or Sit Down) are two of the most favoured activities in the early stages of developing a community of inquiry, partly because of their simplicity, and partly because they reinforce the practice of OOPSAAT (Only One Person Speaks At A Time), which is essential for effective dialogue. They also develop the sense that everybody in a community of inquiry has a part to play in building success for the whole group.
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