Thinkative will design a critical and creative thinking workshop, seminar, keynote and/or a philosophical enquiry, to your specifications and to suit your needs, using skills that have been developed with almost 100 years of combined teaching experience.
We offer workshops to schools, universities, business and parents incorporating and focussing on:
A Foundation Course in Philosophical Teaching and Learning – including Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Thinking Moves, with permission from DialogueWorks.
1 Day workshop on Thinking Moves – A to Z, through DialogueWorks
Critical and Creative thinking and reasoning workshops, focussing on how to develop better questions and metacognitive practice.
Developing and running communities of enquiry in all places where people come together and would benefit from dealing with challenging concepts (e.g. racism, xenophobia; sexism; gender issues etc.)
Parent and Child Workshops on reading to encourage dialogue.
Termly Thinkative Network Meetings (these are free and are open to anyone interested in developing their thinking and reasoning using a combination of tools from P4C to critical thinking.
Outreach – getting thinking into all schools. (Should you be interested in supporting this initiative, there is an option to make a donation which will be used to support schools with limited means for training of teachers and/or students.)
Thinkative is an innovative and timely addition to the thinking world. Although we (being teachers) initially focussed our attention in the field of education, it quickly became apparent to us that the need for developing critical and creative thinking practice in all walks of life is so essential, that we broadened our focus to include working in various areas.
In a world rife with ‘fake news’ and manipulative computer bots bombarding us with malicious and biased information, it is essential that we become aware of the power of the message, the ability to put ourselves in the position of the critic (so that we can critique, rather than only criticise) and to develop the skills to do with, with ease.
The skills are transferable, scalable, and adaptable to fit any situation and walk of life. Because they are not dependent on the content, but rather deal with conceptual topics, they are just as relevant to children as they are to adults. They are useful in to individuals as well as businesses. They are powerful for those who are just beginning their learning journey and those with PhDs. No matter your field of expertise, no matter your experience, the tools that we have learnt and developed will develop your thinking, open you up to the possibilities and complexities that might be lurking in plain site, and make you aware of your own thinking (metacognition) and how you are dealing with it (self-reflection) so that you can use it to your, and others’, benefit.