An activity to develop conceptual exploration through short poems. Short audio file of children reading poems included.
Steve taught English and Media Studies for 14 years in secondary schools and served for five years as head of an English department. He helped to found SAPERE, the Philosophy for Children network in the UK, and was the first person in Britain to introduce P4C as a curriculum subject in a secondary school. Over the years, he has worked with children of all ages in a wide variety of schools. He has helped many teachers to start Philosophy for Children through the courses and support he provides.
He is also very interested in Readers’ Theatre, writing for learning, and online education. He has been involved with national and international projects in these fields. He worked for five years as the senior editor for an educational publishing company, editing books and magazines including Teaching Thinking and Creativity, a well-respected publication with a world-wide reputation. He recently managed the training involved in a successful research project into the effects of philosophy for children for SAPERE and the Educational Endowment Foundation.
The method of a 'panel discussion' provides a very useful and flexible discussion format. It also helps you work with very large groups.
Steve Williams introduces some general strategies to guide writing for thinking and thinking for writing .
A futuristic role play to investigate some approaches to ethics. Pupils could investigate their own questions stimulated by the role play.
Advice, methods and photocopiable materials to assist philosophical dialogue with pupils aged 10 and over.
This year, 2008, is 15 years on from the murder of Stephen Lawrence. This edition of Newswise from 1999 marks the event and still gives us plenty to think about .
An activity to consider a set of opinions in relations to concepts such as truth, belief, reason, and so on.
A story about a grasshopper who struggles to find a way in the world. Specially written for p4c.com in response to a forum discussion.