She uses a lot of playful activities that help everyone to participate in philosophical thinking, and I've been learning lots from what I've seen.
Here's the slideshow we used for the session:
Here we are, sorting the big philosophical questions from the not-so philosophical ones:
And discussing which big questions could come from a reading of Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park:
Here are some of the ideas we came up with. There were so many great ones!
- Why do other people see things differently to me?
- Why do we fear what's different?
- Why is there a tree on fire in the park?
(- This question, although perhaps not a "big" question, leads on to how Anthony Browne is using so many visual metaphors in the book. And understanding of metaphor in stories unlocks all sorts of potential for discussion of them.)
- What is fair?
- What's wrong with a mongrel?
- What makes us happy?
- How do we perceive/define love?
- Why are they unhappy?
- Why do people go to communal places?
- Is discrimination learned?
- Why do the adults not interact?
- Why can't scruffy kids play with smart kids?
- Why do some people treat their animals better than their children?
- Why don't boys like playing with girls?
It's not easy coming up with questions, but ultimately we'd like a situation where the students themselves can generate questions from a stimulus, and decide which one to discuss!