Some exercises to help pupils think about the different roles people play
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 exercises on inferring, the act of thinking beyond what is given.
An activity for young children to develop awareness of the important concepts of possibility and impossibility.
Introducing the philosophical skill of making choices and giving reasons - with children in nursery or other early-years setting.
Another activity for the nursery questions board involving children giving reasons for their preferences .
An activity to encourage the giving of reasons to support claims.