Thinking through some of life’s biggest questions is one of the hallmarks of an inquiry-based classroom. How do you make time for flexible and expansive thinking with an already packed curriculum? What routines can you use to deepen student inquiry while also teaching new concepts? What will truly engage middle and high school students at the highest levels? What will keep you excited and energized?

Join former IB principal and IB Americas Regional Board Chair, Kimberly L. Mitchell, as she demonstrates practical ways to integrate philosophical questioning into your curriculum. Learn metaphysical, epistemological, axiological, aesthetic and ethical question routines that can be used to elevate the topics you teach. Help students expand their thinking about the world and their place in it. Find some of the latest ideas coming from organizations like PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization), Doha Debates, and Liberating Structures. This workshop will offer you lots of time to practice these routines with others in the workshop and time to consider how to integrate it into your curriculum this year.
I. Introductions
What is philosophy? What is its place in the inquiry classroom?

II. Relational warm-ups (axiology)
How do we order things?

III. Mistake analysis (logic)
Which wrong is more right?


I. Reality Scavenger Hunt (metaphysics)
What does it mean for something to be “real”?

II. Amar (ethics)
What role should parents play? Should children be expected to work?


III. Starry Night (aesthetics)
What is beauty?

IV. Me and You (stoicism)
What sort of relationship does the individual have with their community?
I. Claim, Counterclaim, Questions (Teach Different method)
How do we analyze common assertions?

II. Fish Bowl Conversations
How to get students to engage in and reflect on deep conversations?


II. Ethics Bowl
What does it look like to discuss rather than debate ideas?


III. Planning
Join teachers in similar subjects to discuss and plan out how you might use these routines in your classroom
Kimberly L. Mitchell
Kimberly is an internationally-recognized inquiry-based teaching researcher and practitioner. She has lived and worked in the United States, Ecuador, Greece, and Argentina as an elementary and middle teacher, a high school and elementary school principal,Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Program Director at Teach for All, and lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle.

A graduate of Stanford University’s Education Administration & Policy program, she is the author of Experience Inquiry and founder of Inquiry Partners. Kimberly is also a member of Inquiry by the Fire collaborative with Kath Murdoch and Trevor Mackenzie, former Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Americas Regional Board, and a two-time nominee for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Suzhou Singapore International School
Address: 208 Zhong Nan Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, 215021
Phone no: +86 512 6258 0388

8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Registration at 8:00 am
on the 28th of October 2023
USD 850 Per Participant
Closing Date 15th October 2023
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
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