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100 Ideas for Primary Teachers


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Peter Worley, co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation, presents 100 practical strategies, games and activities not only to help teachers improve their own questioning in the classroom, but also to allow pupils to develop an understanding of how they too can ask effective questions to develop their learning.

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Peter Worley is the co-CEO and co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation. He has been questioning children in classrooms every week for the past 15 years using philosophy for children, and he runs talks, events and teacher training on questioning. Peter is also a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London and the president of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children. Follow Peter on Twitter @the_if_man.


Peter Worley offers us a supercharged insight into questioning strategies and mindsets. Teachers will appreciate this crisp distillation of his most influential and practical ideas. This book is a crash course in becoming a more deliberative and deft facilitator of enquiry. -- Michelle Sowey, Director, The Philosophy Club, Australia
If you were to merge the training of an academic philosopher with the passion of our most inspirational teachers, then you'd create Peter Worley. This, his latest creation, is quite simply a beauty of a book: one that will guide and inspire you, and lead to ever more engaging, thought-provoking experiences for your learners. -- James Nottingham, teacher, author, and creator of The Learning Pit
The invention - for that is what it is - of the concept of open questioning mindset (OQM) is a remarkable contribution, not just to the pedagogy of philosophical inquiry with children but to good pedagogy in any context. In an unassuming, but extremely elegant, way, Peter Worley has matched the much more famous pedagogical contribution, 'growth mindset', of Carol Dweck. Indeed, it could be argued that a teacher who models and encourages OQM contributes more directly to a child's intellectual growth than one who models and encourages growth mindset. At any rate, a child might be more likely to become a fully self-directed learner through developing an OQM of her own, than merely developing a growth mindset. For it could be through - and only through - the practice of OQM that one might develop the capacity, in the metaphor of Plutarch, to 'light the fire of learning' in and for oneself. -- Roger Sutcliffe, Founding Member of SAPERE
I would like to become a really good questioner and develop a questioning classroom. So, how can I learn to ask just the right question? What strategies can I use? Look no further than Peter Worley's new book on Questioning. Based on a wealth of experience, this introduction to questions and questioning is a cornucopia of ideas for the busy primary teacher, with the bonus of teaching tips and further suggestions that you can return to time and again. My advice to primary school teachers: get hold of this book and have it at your fingertips as you plan your lessons and work with your class. -- Dr Philip Cam, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, and author of '20 Thinking Tools'
A great book [...] Questioning forms a huge part of my teacher training across the UK. [There is] tons of stuff I'm going to use in here for my own research and my own teacher training. -- Ross Morrison McGill, @TeacherToolkit
This short text would be of value to any member of staff who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of the ways that questioning can activate children's thinking and imagination. -- Mary Mountstephen * SEN Magazine *

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