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Copy of Socratic Seminar

What it is, expectations
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October 17 Socratic Seminar Who is Socrates? Example Socrates was a Greek philosopher (469 BC-399 BC) who believed that people should do their own thinking and questioning. Socratic Seminars are named after Socrates because like the philosopher, they encourage genuine discussion, dialog, debate, and deep thinking. Socratic Method/Socratic Seminar A Socratic seminar is a discussion between EVERYONE in the class about a specific text.

The goal is not to "get it right" or find the "correct" answer, but to discuss, reflect, and ask questions. What is a Socratic seminar? A Socratic Seminar involves everyone in the class, you are the participants.

There is one discussion leader who guides discussion and responses. In the future, this will be one of you, but for today, I'll model the leader role.

It is a dialog not an argument. What does a Socratic Seminar look like? Here is an example of a Socratic Seminar.
As we watch, I want you to pay attention to how students discuss and interact. When the video is over I will ask you to describe what you saw. What is the difference between a debate/argument and a dialog? Expectations II Expectations Asking questions During a Socratic Seminar what should our expectations be for ourselves and each other? Only one person talking at a time. But that means that you have to be patient and respectful of others thoughts and ideas. Participation is necessary. Base your thoughts on something in the text. Always. No hand raising, this is a conversation. Inquiry is key! Asking questions before and during the Socratic Seminar is essential! But our goal isn't 'yes' and 'no' questions. That just gets boring! Good questions for a Socratic Seminar are 'open ended'. 'How' and 'why' questions are the best way not to get hit a dead end in discussion. Yesterday we read about the possibility of Scientists cloning the Woolly Mammoth... Now, we're going to generate a few questions that we can
use in our discussion this afternoon. Directions: Think about the topic. On the back of your graphic organizer, write 2-3 questions you have about this topic. Try to ask open-ended questions ('why' and 'how'). Refer to the text or your graphic organizer if you need to jump start your ideas.

*When you are finished, please read silently and hold onto your graphic organizer.
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