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Beginner's Philosophy Club for Middle Schoolers!

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The Beginner's Philosophy Club for Middle Schoolers is an ongoing class for learners who have little to no background in philosophy, but are simply curious to explore the discipline in a laid-back and discussion-based format!
Ms. Melissa (M.A.; Former University Lecturer)
3 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
11-13
year olds
6th-8th
US Grade Level
3-6
learners per class

$12

Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
45 minutes per class
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The Beginner's Philosophy Club for Middle Schoolers is a learner-led and discussion-based class for older teens. It is ongoing club for high schoolers with little to no background in philosophy to come together and join in relaxed but loosely guided philosophical conversations with their peers. I will start by introducing some topic choices and/or philosophical questions. Learners will be encouraged to explore what direction the conversation takes them in. I will help by providing prompts, guidance, moderation, and but also sharing relevant vocabulary, concepts, and/or theories. 

Pop-in whenever you are available and want to chat!  
I am a former university instructor that specialized in making introductory courses fun, engaging, and relevant to everyday life. I have over 16 years of experience teaching at the college level, where I held the position of Master Lecturer before I left to focus on homeschooling my son full-time. In addition, I have over 3 formal years teaching philosophy courses to kids, ages 6-16. I volunteered at both a local public high school as well as a private school alongside performing my teaching duties at the university, as I was conducting informal research into the philosophical abilities of children.  
No homework will be required for this course. Come as you are, relax, and participate to the best of your ability! 
Students may benefit from having a "Philosopher's Notebook" for the class but that is not necessary. Learners are also allowed to doodle during class if it helps them relax or stir their creative side!
There will not be any assessments in this course. 
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I do not plan to share any media at this point in time, but this class will allow for the free exchange of ideas from the learners. Therefore, parents can decide if the open-discussion nature of the class is a good fit for their young learner(s). Of course, all discussions will always be moderated in a way to keep examples and views relevant, appropriate, and in line with Outschool's policies.

Teacher

Ms. Melissa (M.A.; Former University Lecturer)
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Lives in the United States
University-Inspired Philosophy Classes for Kids!
3 total reviews
6 completed classes

About Me

"Let no one delay to study philosophy when (they are) young..." ~Epicurus

Welcome! I go by Ms. Melissa and I am a former university instructor and current full-time homeschooling mama!

My specialty with my higher-level classes had always been... 
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