A Guide to Thoughtful Discussion
Thinking is something we often take for granted. But thinking is not a matter of swapping opinions or simply filling in answers on the handout activity sheets like the ones you will find in these resources. It is a disciplined, reflective process. It is frustrating, challenging and often confusing, and it takes time and practice. But the results are worth it.
The discussion plans and activities in this 2-book Thinking about Picture Books series are designed to encourage students to consider philosophical concepts within certain well-known and well-loved picture books. They can be used with students of all ages, primary or secondary.
Along with the ready-to-photocopy handouts, the books contain teacher notes and a checklist of essential thinking skills. Also provided are evaluation forms that teachers can use to assess students’ critical thinking skills and that students can use to assess their own progress.
- Helps students to develop better thinking skills and consider philosophical concepts
- Stimulates discussion
- Can be used for oral language
- Develops skills of discrimination and reasoning