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Transcript of Socratic Seminar
by Marisa Hartling What is a Socatic Seminar?
A method based on Socrates' teaching. It focuses on having meaningful discussions amongst students about the ideas in a text. Students question and examine issues and principles related to specific content. Students construct meaning through analysis, interpretation, listening, and participation in a dialogue. What it is not...
This is not a debate or arguement.
There are no 'right' answers. Process:
Students read a text in advance. This can be accomplished independently, for homework, or in groups.
Students develop leveled questions to facilitate discussion. This can be used as an "entrance ticket" for participation.
Arrange desks in a circle or large square. To accomodate large classes, group students in two groups, one inner and one outer. The inner circle discusses while the outer observes and takes notes.
Teacher reads out questions to facilitate dialogue.
Students are responsible for moving discussion along. Conversation should flow naturally (no raising hands) and politely.
Feedback is provided using a rubric. Scaffolding:
To help students become accustomed to appropriate dialogue, have students practice using think-pair-shares. Scaffolding:
Model appropriate dialogue using sentence stems and opening statements. Leveled Questions:
Level 1- Comprehension
Level 2- Interpretation/Inference
Level 3- Evaluate/Theme Introduction:
Mother to Son
by Langston Hughes http://www.rhapsody.com/player?type=undefined&id=tra.11300435&remote=undefined&page=undefined&pageregion=undefined&guid=undefined&from=undefined&__pcode= Audio Mother to Son Modifications:
Students can sit in one large circle or two congruent circles.
Students can ask questions, or the teacher can ask the questions.
Students can evaluate one another. QAR
Question-Answer-Relationship Assessment Student Self Evaluation Rubrics Closing
Socratic Seminars can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. This form of dialogue is best used as an after reading or closing strategy. It assists students in making authentic connections to learning and in applying learning to the 'real world'. Questions?