what happens to a dream deferred?

On a journey such as this and as the weeks progress, you find yourself starting to view what you see and what you hear through the lens of your own practice, your own environment and your own political backdrop. You start to bring into focus those unsettling and unshared thoughts you’ve held for long about learning and teaching, content and knowledge, children and teachers and even the very purpose of school.

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little factories of understanding

A highlight at the ICPIC Conference in Vancouver was to hear and meet Kieran Egan, philosopher and educator at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the founder of Imaginative Education Research Group. Egan is regarded as one of the most original ‘big thinkers’ in education and his address was titled Engaging Children’s Imaginations by […]

it’s not about ‘me’ but ‘we’.

As I review today’s photos I understand why Suzanne Axelsson, a philosophy teacher at the Filosofiska Förskola (philosophy preschool) in Stockholm is so highly considered as a practitioner for philosophy with very young children. I have been following Suzanne through her blog Interaction Imagination for some time but it was magical to observe the way she communicates with children. Philosophy is […]

philosophy is everywhere

Not only can we do philosophy with very young children but we must do it for it is the evidence that we are listening and respecting children’s dialogues. I visited Maaike Lahaise, the Director of skrubbelund barnehage (scrubland preschool), a government owned, Reggio Emilia inspired centre of 70 children and 18 adults with the children in […]

we have the ‘why do’ but where is the ‘how to’?

I met with Beate Borresen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at the Oslo and Akershus University College and a prominent advocate for philosophical inquiry with children. She had been referred through contacts both in Norway and Sweden and the several hours we spent together focussed my thinking on the connection between philosophical practice and teacher training. Although […]

a universe of learning

Here we were in Norwich, two grandmothers sitting on the floor opening match boxes holding miniatures – small stimuli that expand into big questions, discussions and ‘a universe of learning’. That quote came from Charlie (4) when he was describing his ‘school for dragons’. And what a universe of learning is happening at this nursery school in Norwich. […]

the trinity of theory+practice+training

I am in Oxford visiting SAPERE, the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education. My interest is to look at the training and the delivery of philosophy in schools. In New South Wales, we run a similar Level One FAPSA accredited course but this is more on an ad hoc basis. […]

reflections on week one

This week I have been challenged by a range of theories and practices of childhood and Philosophy and to the call to bring an ‘epistemological shudder‘ to the thinking of those of us who work with children. I have observed two different styles of philosophic inquiry with children – one a dedicated session with a skilled philosophy practitioner, the other an integrated lesson conducted […]

philosophy with four year olds

What an inspiring day. I observed Steve Hoggins, a philosopher and teacher with specialist training in Primary, Nursery and ESL facilitate three philosophy sessions with three and four year olds.  Steve works with The Philosophy Foundation (http://www.philosophy-foundation.org) a not-for-profit organisation that trains and delivers philosophy programs into schools. Steve is engaged by the Clyde Early Learning Centre in London to deliver three […]

doing Maths on a pirate ship

Louisa Munro-Morris, a recently appointed Principal to Landsdowne Primary School in Cardiff is implementing a strategy for radically reforming the Foundation Stage. This included a pirate ship being the location of the Numeracy program. Louisa is a trained Philosophy teacher and currently completing her PHD on Philosophy and Children.  She is keen to embed Philosophy […]