Mentor training for the Big Questions program consists of attendance at all our mentor workshops; observation of at least one Philosophy class at a primary school; and self-directed study of a range of online resources, set out below.
Mentors: Please read, view or listen to the following materials by the dates indicated. Generally this should take you about 30 minutes per week (although a couple of demo videos/podcasts are longer). You are not required to read/view anything during the mid-year SWOTVAC and exam period.
By 26th April:
– Program overview and rationale. This is a brief document about the Big Questions program (2 pages).
– The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom by Peter Worley. Please read pages 10 – 45, i.e. the sections entitled ‘The If Machine’, ‘Philosophical Enquiries in the Classroom’ and ‘Teaching Strategies’ (36 pages). You can download this PDF version which contains pages 10 – 45. (Please refer to the actual printed page numbers, rather than the incorrect page numbers that may appear in your PDF thumbnails.)
By 3rd May:
– The Extra Mile. Philosophy for Children among disadvantaged students in London. This is a short video (7 minutes).
– Metaphysics 2 from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (9 minutes).
– Please ensure that you have finished reading the required chapters from The If Machine online (as described above).
By 10th May:
– Peter Worley: The If Machine. This is a long but really excellent demo video (51 minutes).
By 17th May:
– Class Act. This is an article by Peter Worley on why we do philosophy with children.
– Philosophy for kids: Sparking a love of learning: Dr Sara Goering on TEDx. This is a short video (11 minutes).
– Using questions to encourage philosophical moves. This is a synthesis of writings by Phil Cam, Will Ord and Clinton Golding (5 pages).
– Phil Cam speaking about Philosophy for Children. This is a short video (4 minutes).
By 24th May:
– Jana Mohr Lone, Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, University of Washington, USA. This is a short video (4 minutes).
– Philosophy in School from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. (Please excuse the poor visual quality.) This is a short demo video (3 minutes).
– What must teacher education programmes do to open teachers’ minds to philosophy? This is a brief excerpt from a conference presentation by Sue Knight and Carol Collins.
– ‘It’s just my opinion’ isn’t good enough. This is an article by Mike Gershon.
By 31st May:
– Helping kids develop moral judgement. This is a blog post by Michelle Sowey.
– How to listen. This is excerpted from an article by Tom Wartenberg.
– Do we perceive things as they are or as they appear to be? from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (8 minutes).
Nothing is required of you during the SWOTVAC and Exam period.
By 19th July:
– Primary School Philosophy – Philosophy Now podcast: a live philosophical discussion with 8 – 10 year olds, facilitated by Peter Worley. This is a long but very informative demo podcast (54 minutes).
– This analysis of the above session is worth reading.
By 26th July:
– Metaphysics from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (9 minutes).
– Time, Infinity and Anti-Things from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (7 minutes).
– Knowledge: Justified, True Belief and the Gettier Problem from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (10 minutes).
By 2nd August:
– Nagel’s Bat from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel. This is a short demo video (6 minutes).
– Berkeley (Years 4 – 6) from The Philosophy Shop YouTube channel.(Please excuse the patchy audio.) This is a short demo video (8 minutes).
– Trailer for ‘Teaching Children Philosophy’: Children discussing beauty in art. This is a short demo video (1 minute).