Philosophy in the Classroom

by Dr. Punita Rice Teaching

Philosophy in the Classroom

A few years ago, thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I got to spend a summer at the University of Virginia, for a summer institute for educators to study philosophy. We got to take a deep dive into philosophical readings and concepts around philosophical thinking skills, and work together to develop resources and lessons built around the things we were studying. As a social studies teacher, I thought of a lot of practical ways I could build philosophical thinking skills into my lesson planning, but I also found myself thinking a lot about the holistic ways in which concepts of philosophy could inform my teaching.

Because I’m really interested in the way technology is evolving and is likely to change our world in the coming years, I started thinking about philosophy in the classroom of the future.

I wrote a little bit about teaching philosophical thinking skills in the future over at medium (link here). Here’s a brief excerpt, if you’re interested:

“The nature of philosophy studies lends itself well to the nature of teaching students to think for themselves, to question ideas, and to learn more effectively. Using philosophy in the classroom is amazing, because the kind of thinking and reasoning philosophy coursework fosters allows students not just to learn particular content, but to learn different approaches to processing and making sense of that content. The same skills that can make students great budding philosophers also make them great learners of all content.”

You can read the whole thing here.

(Featured image is from the article).

P.S. – Seventh graders on the technological singularity, and a lesson plan for the movie Invictus and about Nelson Mandela.

About the Author

Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.