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Fox or Hedgehog?
Ian Kime
August 27, 2021

Fox or Hedgehog?


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Another ‘nother Speaking of… activity. Wazzat? Read the background here.

Do you know the poem about the fox and the hedgehog? I bet it’s rattling around in your noggin somewhere…

Here’s a clue – The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
Which is the better philosophy?

I don’t remember the rest… and I think it’s pretty old. Type fox and hedgehog in google and you’re bound to run into some philosophical problems, short essays from economists, you know, smart stuff.

Well this video and Speaking of… activity is pretty smart, too. As always it comes with:

  • A video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/are-you-a-hedgehog-or-a-fox/p07f9xl9
  • A discussion aide;
  • A post-discussion activity for your students.

SPOILER ALERT: the video describes people as hedgehogs and foxes based on the way they think.
The post-discussion activity asks your students to do the same thing – except with other animals!

What does it mean if someone is an alligator? or a bull? 

I’m sure your students are full of good ideas about it!

Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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