Philosophical Chairs

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Introduce classes to Philosophical Chairs, a technique that encourages a respectful discussion of topics on which reasonable people disagree, with a video that details the Philosophical chairs technique. Participants develop their critical thinking skills by actively listening to the views of others, deciding if they agree or disagree with the speaker, marshaling evidence for their own stance, and only then responding to a speaker.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have viewers take notes on the process and use their notes as a checklist as they engage in the discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Establish a protocol for a respectful discussion of ideas
  • Wait until the end of the discussion before asking the undecided group to move

  • The video provides a model of how the discussion works

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