What’s the Big Idea?
with Dustin Webster
Kids are full of wonder and big questions about life, and in this introductory course, they will engage with these questions philosophically and creatively. Through inquiry and fun activities, kids will start thinking more deeply about these questions than they would anywhere else. This workshop will include an overview of some of the main topics of philosophy and how they relate to our everyday lives. We’ll ask questions like: What makes us who we are? How do we know what we know? What makes an action right or wrong? What is justice? What makes something beautiful? What is the purpose of school, and more! Each session will include a mix of inquiry discussions, games, activities, and art projects that will not only build critical thinking skills, but will also help students learn rhetoric and what makes some reasons for believing something better than others. This process will also help students develop a variety of cognitive and executive functioning skills. Flexible thinking, perspective taking, organization of thoughts, community building, conversational turn taking, active listening, and empathy are just a few of the areas that engaging in philosophical inquiry strengthens, and it does so through a fun process that comes naturally to kids. This is the workshop for any young, creative student who wants to start thinking philosophically and take on life’s big ideas!
WHO For kids 8-11.
WHEN This workshop meets Thursdays, 4:30-6:00p.m. 8 sessions from 1/11 – 3/8 (skips 2/22)
WHERE This workshop will be held at the Court Tree Collective.