Foundation Course Day One

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This introductory one-day course exposes participants to the practice and methodology of conducting philosophic inquiry in the classroom and will give teachers some basic activities to start practicing in their classes. Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.  It is recommended that participants follow this practicum up with the Day Two course.

The course is conducted by FAPSA accredited teacher trainers with extensive experience working with children and includes:

Session 1: What Philosophy for Children (P4C) is and what it isn’t 

An introduction to the theory and practice of P4C, how it differs from traditional classroom practice, what is meant by a community of philosophical inquiry (CPI) and how P4C can enhance and complement current teaching practice. This session includes a practical Philosophy lesson where all participants will engage and participate, an examination of the pattern of inquiry and examples of how this can be customised for any stage or any subject area.

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Session 2:  We think but do we think well?

This session identifies a variety of inquiry tools which are explicitly introduced to provide students with the skills to conduct in-depth inquiry. This session includes a special focus on the art of questioning by demonstrating different questioning techniques to promote inquiry.

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 Session 3:  Better than brainstorming

The afternoon session explores a variety of techniques to explore abstract concepts both in the primary and secondary environments.

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 Session 3:  Where to from here?

Reflections, questions and expectations.