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Transcript of Socratic Seminar
Define the benefits of Socratic Seminars within the classroom
Discuss important considerations of a well-designed Socratic Seminar
Participate in a mock Socratic Seminar
Design a lesson that uses Socratic Seminar to address standards-based learning goals.
The Socratic method of teaching is a
approach that challenges learners to
critical thinking skills
and engage in
. The Socratic Method is
over 2400 years
knowledge and understanding already present within people
and thought that using this knowledge could potentially be beneficial in advancing their understanding. In Socratic Seminars:
Teacher is guide
, not the sage
, not debate, is the cornerstone
Investigation of the essential question
is the primary focus
may not resolve the issue or answer the question
recall, revisit, process and synthesize
texts (or other sources)
to the text (or other source) denotes movement to higher levels within the Socratic Process
Tenets of Socratic Seminar
understandings are abstractions, not facts
, they are
not “teachable” in the conventional sense
understanding can be
gained only through
learner is helped to make, recognize, or verify a conclusion.
that you hope your students will attain as a result of
After the Seminar: Assessing Effectiveness
Socratic seminars require assessment that respects the central nature of
to their success.
One way is through
Reflect and respond to the essential question:
“How do my peers influence my self concept?”
DON'T FORGET TO:
COMPLETE ONLINE APPRAISAL
COMPLETE IMPLEMENTATION FORM
Select one essential question from Overarching...
Use The Socratic Process document to take the EQ through the Socratic Process.
Thanks for brightening my day!
See ya later!
Overarching Essential Questions & The Socratic Process
Presenters: Minda Richardson and Tracey Washington
Instructional Specialists · Secondary Literacy
Socratic Seminar 6-12
But I have Level Ones!
But I need to address standards
1. Teacher’s role
2. Students’ roles
3. Dialogue or debate?
4. Question driven
5. Selection of Text
Virtual Gallery Walk
Remember to cite evidence from the text
LAFS & LEARNING GOALS
SELECTION OF THE TEXT
CLOSE READ OF THE TEXT
PRE-CONFERENCE: PREPARING SEMINAR QUESTIONS
(see Socratic Process doc)
DISCUSSION OF SEMINAR ROLES & NORMS
Who is Socrates?
What Does A Socratic Seminar Look Like In Action?
No extended breaks
You must remain for duration to receive credit and $$
Technology for workshop purposes only
Respect for differing opinions
Equity of voice
Selection of the text:
Even stories with multiple interpretations fall flat in discussion if teachers ask the wrong kind of questions. Easily answered factual questions & questions with only one answer don’t help students learn to read for meaning.
Create questions with two or more answers that can be supported with textual evidence, and enable students to form ideas about the story’s characters and events.
They focus not only on details of what a character does or says, but also work together to grasp the significance of these details and to understand why things happen in the story the way they do.
Asking the right questions not only results in meaningful and engaging discussions, it also deepens students’ critical thinking and comprehension.
Close Read of the Text:
Students should be able to:
Strategically read and annotate a text
Generate ideas about the meaning of a text
Infer, evaluate, and revise ideas
Support and summarize arguments with reasoning and evidence