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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An enjoyable and useful game for the collaborative generation (and consideration) of questions.
A game for students to match claims and reasons. Lively and enjoyable.
A game of consequences. Enjoyable and useful, involving discussion and writing.
Exercises with which to reflect on the logical, causal and imaginative uses of the word "if".
Six exercises to introduce the notions of relevance, strength and sense with which to evaluate reasons.