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Philosophy for children

Philosophically speaking: P4C

Philosophy for Children – P4C – is attracting the attention of an increasing number of international schools around the world. One organisation supporting the programme is the British based charity, SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education).  ITM recently spoke to SAPERE CEO, Bob House, about their latest international initiative.

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Online safety for kids

Whilst we all recognize the opportunities the Internet offers, keeping children safe online is a constant source of concern often exacerbated by the gap in online proficiency between child and parents/teacher.

Encouragingly, Jackie Harden reports that support is available and easily accessible. If you feel able to recommend other sources of support, we would love to hear from you.

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Maths and mindset

Engaging with number

West Lothian

 

Teachers at two schools in West Lothian, Scotland have started to use Izak9, a new Maths resource for 9 – 13 years olds, while also applying Carol Dweck’s ideas about “Mindset” in their teaching. The initiative is part of an imaginative campaign to help children engage with number, and to change the way they approach a new challenge.

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ECIS PE Teachers

ECISPE2016 conference

“Making them ALL smile and sweat; Why? What? How?”

April 13-16, 2016 and one hundred and twenty PE teachers assembled at Surrey Sport Park in Guildford, England to attend the annual ECIS PE conference. This conference has been at the heart of professional development for international Physical Education teachers for the past 28 years. It started in 1988 in Birmingham, England at the main ECIS three-day conference.

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Song of the Sea

It was a grey, wet Saturday when we set off to the local cinema for a midday screening of ‘Song of the Sea’. In a small studio theatre that was almost half full with an audience of 26, ranging from toddler to middle aged and everything in-between, we sampled ‘cinema treats’ while waiting for the film to begin.

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Heidi and Peter travel the world!

Class mascots set off from Obersee Bilingual School

Heidi (600x800)It is common practice in Early Years Units for a class mascot to visit the students’ homes through an academic year. There are also many schools who take part in wonderful initiatives such as travelling teddies and “Flat Stanley” which connect schools locally and internationally. Kirstin Botter explains how two class mascots from her school in Switzerland are going more than one step further by travelling the world in 2015 – 2016.

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Philosophy in the classroom

Philosophy for all!To find yourself, think for yourself was one of the simple but profound beliefs which guided Socrates. In his view, the discussion of ideas rather than events or the mundane experiences of everyday life enabled man to reach the pinnacle of wisdom. The old boy would be pleased reading about the journey enjoyed by children at Tanglin Trust School and their teacher, Jen Cottam.

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April 2015: Direct learning

CIMG5608The experience of direct learning

Question: How do four year olds learn?

Answer: In any way they can!

Everything at that age is new. All learning experiences are direct – audible, tangible, visible. Children learn by tasting and smelling. The engagement with the immediate environment is direct, and learning is by total immersion. Andy Homden argues that this kind of Direct Learning should play a much bigger role as children progress through primary into secondary.

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Outdoor learning: explore, dream, discover!

CIMG5749Tony Richards makes a strong case for making regular use of a school’s outdoor environment – and beyond – in lessons throughout the year, rain, snow or shine!

For a moment close your eyes, sit back, relax and remember. Spare a few moments to go back in time to the most stress free times of your childhood, times when you were at one with the world, when you were at your happiest.

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