An interactive way to air questions and draw out some initial thoughts on the questions.
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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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Ways to deepen discussions by working with pupils on concepts that help them to reason and make connections.
Paired work: 'pairs compare', 'think, pair, share' and 'think, write, share, compare.' Inspired by the work of Spencer Kagan.
Philosophical inquiry aims to develop a community of enquiry in which individuals are respected and their ideas are considered with care. At the same time there is an ethos of questioning, exploration and the search for truth and meaning. The medium of inquiry is a combination of constant questioning and conceptually-rich dialogue. Regular inquiry will have benefits in many subject areas when pupils are expected to think for themselves and explore meaning. In all subjects, philosophical inquiry will encourage higher levels of curiosity, collaboration and conversation.