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Socratic Seminar

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Transcript of Socratic Seminar

Socrates
Define the benefits of Socratic Seminars within the classroom
Discuss important considerations of a well-designed Socratic Seminar
before
during, and
after
Participate in a mock Socratic Seminar
Design a lesson that uses Socratic Seminar to address standards-based learning goals.
Learning Goals:
The Socratic method of teaching is a
student-centered
approach that challenges learners to
develop
their
critical thinking skills
and engage in
analytic discussion
. The Socratic Method is
over 2400 years

old
. Socrates
valued
the
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
Discovery
, not debate, is the cornerstone
Investigation of the essential question
is the primary focus
The seminar
may not resolve the issue or answer the question
posed
Students
recall, revisit, process and synthesize
texts (or other sources)
Students'
real-life connections
to the text (or other source) denotes movement to higher levels within the Socratic Process
Tenets of Socratic Seminar
YOUR ASSIGNMENT
BEFORE
…Because

understandings are abstractions, not facts
, they are

not “teachable” in the conventional sense
. An

understanding can be

gained only through

guided inference

whereby the

learner is helped to make, recognize, or verify a conclusion.
Understandings

are the

specific insights
,
inferences
, or

conclusions

about

the
big ideas

that you hope your students will attain as a result of
inquiry
.

Norms
After the Seminar: Assessing Effectiveness

Socratic seminars require assessment that respects the central nature of
student-centered inquiry
to their success.

One way is through
reflection

Reflect and respond to the essential question:
“How do my peers influence my self concept?”
DURING
ESSENTIAL QUESTION
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
AFTER
But I have Level Ones!
But I need to address standards
Socratic Seminar
Troubleshooting Guide
1. Teacher’s role
2. Students’ roles
3. Dialogue or debate?
4. Question driven
a. Essential
b. Opening
c. Guided
d. Closing
5. Selection of Text
6. Evaluation/Assessment
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Virtual Gallery Walk
Remember to cite evidence from the text
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LAFS & LEARNING GOALS

SELECTION OF THE TEXT

CLOSE READ OF THE TEXT

ESSENTIAL QUESTION

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
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