Philosophy for Teachers

Teaching Teachers to Think for a Change

 Between Reflective Practice and Contemplative Activism

How to integrate the metapractices of Personal, Pedagogical, Professional and Planetary Development in Metamodern Education

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Steps to Self-authoring Your Own Teaching Philosophy

Know

Yourself

Personalise

Theory

Develop

Practice

Teach

For a Better World

The heart of our approach involves integrating the 4Cs of P4C (Philosophy for Children) with the 4Ps of P4T (Philosophy for Teachers) for the benefit of lifelong Teaching and Learning

The 4Cs of P4C

Building on Philosophy for Children to promote Communities of Inquiry

Caring  + Critical + Creative + Collaborative Thinking

The mode of thinking which is Appreciative, Active, Normative, Affective and Empathic. Caring thinking loves subject knowledge, responds to needs, establishes the conditions and forms the Ground of a community of Inquiry.

The mode of thinking which is sensitive to Context, reliant on Criteria such as relevance, consistency, sufficiency and focused on Self-correcting in order to improve the quality of thinking. Critical thinking provides clarification of concepts and key issues …and supports the Direction of a community of inquiry.

The mode of thinking which is Imaginative, Holistic, Inventive and Generative. Creative thinking is focused on possibilities, new ideas and provides the means or Instrument of progressing a community of inquiry towards its Goal

The mode of thinking which is Resonant, Participatory and Synergistic. Collaborative thinking sustains the other modes of thinking and functions to fulfil them as the Goal of a community of inquiry.

The 4Ps of P4T

Grounding Philosophy for Teachers in the development of practice

Personal + Pedagogical + Professional + Planetary Development

Personal development for teachers includes the following ways into philosophy: the practice of Mindfulness, becoming your best self as an expression of Personality, going deeper through the practice of Spirituality and appreciating philosophy as a Way of Life

Pedagogical development includes the following ways into educational philosophy: practising the 4Cs  of P4C with children as well as one’s own academic development, the practice of Imaginative Teaching that is culturally intelligent and developmentally sensitive,  balancing classroom practice with four aspects of Positive learning and deepening the practice of curriculum design through mediating your own Curriculum philosophy

Professional development, understood as proactively developing the profession rather than the individual development of a professional, includes the following ways into educational philosophy: the basic participatory practice of appreciative strength-based Teamworking, the practice of Leadership in terms of personal leadership styles, mediating conflicting values in the development of Professional Culture and developing Transformative schools, colleges or universities

Planetary development includes the following ways into philosophy of education: exploring your approach to life and the planet in terms of Worldview preference, the practice of Peace globally and locally, engaging in the practice of educative Politics in civil society and the practical quest for Ecological Civilisation in social philosophy

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The Teaching Journey

Embracing educators of all kinds at all stages of the vocational journey

Student Teachers + Experienced Teachers + Educational Leaders + Activist Educators

The journey of Student teachers will take you from the selfwork of Personal development to the craftwork of Pedagogical development as you meet the philosophical demands of initial teacher education and training

The journey of Experienced teachers will take you from the craftwork of Pedagogical development to the network of Professional development as you mediate the philosophical demands of teaching in school or university and begin to take a lead in developing the profession

The journey of Educative leaders will take you from the network of Professional development to the worldwork of  Planetary development as you mediate the philosophical demands of organisational development in relation to the global needs of the world

The journey of Activist Educators will take you from the worldwork of Planetary development through Worldview awareness, politics, peace and ecology back to the selfwork of Personal development as you mediate the philosophical demands of global transformation in relation to mentoring aspiring teachers

What do we mean by Philosophy?

Philosophy is the wisdom you acquire in knowing yourself better, personalising theory better, developing better practice… and teaching for a better world beyond the school and university

Philosophy is contemplative activism seeking passionate balance

Philosophy is metathinking …caring, critical, creative and collaborative

Philosophy is both a quest for metapractice (keeping the big picture in mind at work) and quest for metatheory (connecting the big questions of personal, pedagogical, professional and planetary development)

Philosophy has multiple interconnected entry points mapped by P4T below… so you can start anywhere and add-on to your practice as you go

INETEGRATIVE DEVELOPMENT

1. Philosophy is the wisdom of a more integrative and regenerative Reflective Practice that grounds each of the 4Ps

Mindfulness

  • Meditation
  • Inspiration
  • Aspiration
  • Communication

Thinking

  • Caring
  • Critical
  • Creative
  • Collaborative

Teamworking

  • Discover
  • Dream
  • Design
  • Deliver

Worldview

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Postmodern
  • Integrative

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

2. Philosophy is the wisdom of learning as a Grownup*

* we are indebted to the American philosopher Stanley Cavell for this delightfully down to earth term for philosophy being the natural form of adult learning  (see Saito, N. & Standish, P. (2011) Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups.)

Mindfulness

  • Meditation
  • Inspiration
  • Aspiration
  • Communication

Personality

  • Instinct
  • Head
  • Heart
  • Gut

Spirituality

  • Transcendental Awareness
  • Critical Existential Intelligence
  • Conscious State Expansion
  • Personal Meaning Production

Way of Life

  • State
  • Code
  • Complexity
  • Depth

PEDAGOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

3. Philosophy is the wisdom of Transformative Teaching

Thinking

  • Caring
  • Critical
  • Creative
  • Collaborative

Positive Learning

  • Stable Environment
  • High Expectations
  • Relationships
  • Continuous Improvement

Imaginative Teaching

  • Mythic
  • Romantic
  • Philosophic
  • Ironic

Curriculum Theory

  • Scholar-Academic
  • Social Reconstruction
  • Social Efficiency
  • Learner-Centred

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

4. Philosophy is the wisdom of Educative Leadership

Teamworking

  • Discover
  • Dream
  • Design
  • Deliver

Professional Culture

  • Hierarchy
  • Market
  • Adhocracy
  • Clan

Leadership Style

  • Coaching
  • Democratic
  • Affiliative
  • Visionary

Transformative School

  • Transformation
  • Internal Cohesion
  • Making a Difference
  • Service

PLANETARY DEVELOPMENT

5. Philosophy is the wisdom of a more Ecological Civilisation

Worldview

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Postmodern
  • Integrative

Politics

  • Existential
  • Emancipation
  • Democratisation
  • Association

Peace

  • Peace Making
  • Peace Keeping
  • Peace Building
  • Many Peaces

Civilisation

  • Religious
  • Revolutionary
  • Political
  • Ecological

What are the original contributions of P4T to Teacher Education

Metapractice: co-creating a regenerative and integrative model of Reflective Practice

P4T contributes a new model of reflective practice integrating self-care modes of mindful Meditation, Inspiration, Aspiration and Communication with the 4Cs of Caring, Creative, Critical and Collaborative Thinking

Tim Saunders PhD (2019)

Adapted from John Heron (1992) Matthew Lipman (2003) and Roger Sutcliffe (2017)

Metatheory: mapping a new practice-centred Educational Synthesis

P4T contributes a new practical, practitioner-friendly and practice-centred synthesis of educational theory, integrating  16 metapractices for holistic Personal, Pedagogical, Professional and Planetary Development

Tim Saunders PhD (2019)

The P4T Project and Metamodernism

You do not need to identify as metamodern yourself but if you are in principle open to including Integrative, Postmodern, Modern and Traditional philosophical perspectives in the community of inquiry then you will be sympathetic to metamodernism’s concern to elicit the best of all worlds

© 2020 Tim Saunders PhD

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