10, 2005 7:21:14 PM EST
I will begin by saying that daily I engage my students
in philosophical dialogue. I do this as we read
selections in our reading textbook: Elements of Literature,
and The Daily Language Oral. The stories
we read easily lend themselves to topics of philosophical
inquiry. I give students opportunities
to explore topics which they've heretofore, not given
much thought, if any at all. As an example, we have
discussed questions and topics such as: What is love?
What is equality? What does it mean to be fair? What
is a friend? The responses students make to these
questions, and the issues they raise during our
discussions are absolutely mind blowing! I have some
students who actually look forward to our reading
time. Jim, as you said P4C really works better in
small groups (which I have discovered to be a fact!).
By working with small groups of students, I'm able
to extract maximum thinking from each group member.
think students are able to honestly immerse themselves
into philosophical inquiry, because they know they
in a safe environment supported by a community of
like minded inquirers. I am having a swell time philosophising
students. Thanks for everything you did to
prepare me for this exciting teaching-learning experience.
Willie A. Brown, Jr.