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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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the storytelling curriculum in action

Four years ago when Anna Bolt was appointed Principal of Glyncollen Primary School in  Swansea, she asked her staff to abandon the formal literacy program and adopt the Story Telling Curriculum (STC) instead. As a pilot she focused on the … Continue reading

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walking with moles and badgers, fairies and ghosts

I arrived mid afternoon at a place I’ve never been before to meet a person I’ve never spoken to before. Dr Sue Lyle, Director of Dialogue Exchange (www.dialogueexchange.com) proposed a walk to blow off the cobwebs. And blown we were … Continue reading

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