Book: The If Machine by @The_if_man via @BloomsburyEd

The If Machine, 2nd edition 30 Lesson Plans for Teaching Philosophy, Published by Bloomsbury Education

The If Machine, 2nd edition 30 Lesson Plans for Teaching Philosophy













  • 30 tried-and-tested lessons plans, each marked with a star rating.
  • Each activity offers the philosophical themes covered, helping to concentrate sessions.
  • The book offers guidance on how to manage philosophical sessions, ensuring pupils get to share their thoughts.
  • Each activity is accompanied by a scenario and philosophical question to encourage critical thinking, discussion and possible questions.

Amid all the noise, busyness and the striving towards top marks in our schools, little time can be given to helping develop philosophical thinking. Our brains sometimes need time to process information, stories or scenarios, yet philosophical strategies can – it is argued – help support the development of critical thinking skills, which are more and more required for our current younger generations.

In the second edition of his ‘The If Machine’, Peter Worley presents 30 clear, ready-to-use lesson plans for teaching philosophy in the classroom with children aged 5-13. Each session offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions that encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty.

Updated with developments in the theory and practice of teaching philosophy, the book offers hints and tips for running philosophical sessions successfully, along with a troubleshooting section tackling common problems.

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