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Philosophical Chairs

AVID Session on Philosophical Chairs
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Lynsey Bock

on 21 September 2013

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Transcript of Philosophical Chairs

Foundation
Setup
Conduct Guidelines
Follow Up/Reflection Activities
Desired Outcomes
Session Guidelines
Students must understand the central statement or topic before the discussion begins.
Students who are not prepared for the session or who are not comfortable participating should actively observe instead and prepare to share their observations at the end of the session
Students must listen carefully when others are speaking, seeking to understand their argument if if they don't agree.
Students will be expected to briefly summarize the arguments of the last speaker before moving on to their own point.
Philosophical Chairs always begins with a prompt.
Review the Philosophical Chairs Rules of Engagement
Appoint an official facilitator for the session.
Set a specified time limit for the session.
Each side should have an opportunity to make a final statement summarizing their perspective at the end of the session.
Philosophical Chairs
After a student has spoken for their own side, they must wait until three other people from their side speak before speaking again,
When speaking, students will address the ideas and not the person who stated them.
Students should keep an open mind and move from side to side freely when they feel that someone has made a good argument.
There should be no side conversations.
Allow time at the end of class for students to reflect in writing and/or verbally in order for them to evaluate how and why different arguments may have influenced their perspective.
Students Will...
Develop inquiry skills
Cultivate oral and written language skills
Build and articulate strong arguments
Argue with civility
AVID Strategies for Staff
The prompt must be open to at least two interpretations.
Extension Activity
For a more challenging activity, students can be assigned to a designated point of view. This approach serves as an excellent critical thinking activity because it forces students to think through an argument that may not be in line with their own thinking.
Quick Tip
Use Academic Language Scripts
Reflection Activity Handouts
Philosophical Chairs Report
Philosophical Chairs Written Evaluation
Philosophical Chairs Reflection
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