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Copy of Socratic Seminar

Close Critical Reading
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Barbara Bambini

on 11 September 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Socratic Seminar

Close Critical Reading Across the Content Areas
Socratic Seminar:
In Socratic seminar, teacher and students participate in collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated by open-ended questions that allow students the time and space to develop critical thinking skills using a common text.
What is it?
Every student can learn & achieve
Holistic education must be student-centered in nature
There are many paths to reach the same objective
Basic Principles
Seminars follow a simple three-step process...
How it Works
We are courteous.
We focus on a common text.
We listen to one another.
We share our point of view.
We speak when no one else is speaking.
We avoid sarcasm and personal attacks.
We hold one another accountable for doing our best work.
Rules
Seminars can measure depth of critical thinking skills.
Assessment
Tracking
During Seminar
Teacher facilitates and tracks
Post-Seminar
Text selection
Pre-Seminar
Students complete a post seminar activity, reflect on objectives, and set a goal for the next seminar.
Expected Contributions for
EVERY Student
Cite textual evidence based on close critical reading
Challenge & Question one another
in a civil manner
Preparedness:
Entrance Tickets are completed before seminar
Support one another
Add to discussion strands thoughtfully
Each Seminar is Unique
Students read with annotation and complete entrance ticket
An objective is set by the teacher and agreed upon by the students
Students run the discussion based on open-ended questions
Student scores are based on meeting contribution expectations & the seminar objective.
Listen Respectfully
Students demonstrate critical thinking through collaborative inquiry supported by textual evidence
Today's Seminar:
20 Ring Circus

Each group must select a...

1) Question Leader
2) Participation Tracker
3) Time Keeper
Full group seminar
Inside outside (todaysmeet.com)
Three ring circus
Hot seat seminar
Team debate
You Should Know That
Seminar won’t be interesting unless you make it interesting.
There may be some awkward moments. That’s ok!
You may not agree with what everyone says.
It is your responsibility to get your voice into the conversation.
Why Do Seminars?
Total accountability for completing a close critical reading of the text
Balanced participation
Developing critical thinking skills
Speaking and listening practice
College and career preparedness
Confidence building
Making interdisciplinary connections
What it Looks Like
What to do?
Question Leader: Lead the group through the questions. Allow for process time. Prompt for clarification. Help build understanding.

Participation Tracker: Note the frequency and method of individual participation using tracking sheet.

Time Keeper: Watch the time. Help the group transition when necessary.

Participants: PARTICIPATE!
READ,
ANNOTATE,
ANSWER & DISCUSS OPENING QUESTIONS.
USE TEXTUAL EVIDENCE!
8 minutes
DISCUSS CORE QUESTIONS
USE THE CHART AND TEXT TO SUPPORT YOUR IDEAS.

USE THE WHITE BOARDS TO SHARE YOUR SOLUTIONS.
8 minutes
SKIP TO REFLECTION

(students would do post-seminar activity and set goal for next seminar)

MOVE TO JOB-ALIKE TEAMS TO DISCUSS IDEAS, POTENTIAL USES, AND QUESTIONS

BE READY TO SHARE IDEAS WITH THE GROUP.
5 MINUTES
What the students say...
KEY
+ = contributes verbally
! = cites textual evidence
? = asks a follow-up question
(or) deepens the thought process
- = disruptive/distracting
Scoring
1-4 Holistic Scale

4 =Prepared & meets objective
3 =Prepared & contributes
2 =Prepared & doesn't speak
1 =Not prepared but may take
notes
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