A short course in logic for teachers and pupils to help with progression in thinking, writing and dialogue.
The Language or Reasoning
REASONING CONCEPTS are those words that give structure our thoughts and connect them with other thoughts in larger structures. They are words like cause, whole, same, different, some, all, reason, definition, conclusion, alternative, important and evidence. We need to understand their resourcefulness in order to compare, infer, rank, construct arguments and do all the other things distinctive of complex thinking and dialogue.
In this section we collect activities and ideas to help you develop your pupils’ capacities to understand reasoning concepts and and the variety of ways they can be expressed and used in critical and creative thinking.
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Two activities to explore children's attitudes to questions and to ask them to consider degrees of truth in answers to a question.
Introducing the philosophical skill of making choices and giving reasons - with children in nursery or other early-years setting.
Ways to deepen discussions by working with pupils on concepts that help them to reason and make connections.