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Socratic Seminar

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on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Socratic Seminar

Socratic Seminar
What is a 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.
Socratic Seminar is a Dialogue NOT a Debate
Dialogue
Collaborative
Listening to understand
Respects all participants
remains open-ended
no right or wrong answer
can change your POV

Seminar Guidelines
Come to seminar prepared with: 1. annotated text 2. Text Dependent Questions answered.
Refer to the text whenever possible
build off of your classmates' comments thoughtfully
do not raise your hand
Listen carefully and respectfully
speak up so everyone can hear you
Discuss ideas rather than each other's opinions
Before Socratic Seminar:
Mark up Text
Prepare responses to discussion questions
During Socratic Seminar:
Share responses to questions
add thoughts to classmates' comments
come to deeper understandings about the text.
Who was Socrates?
-Greek Philosopher (469-399BC)
-belief in the power of asking questions, prize inquiry over information and discussion over debate.
-Socratic seminars acknowledge the highly social nature of learning .
"I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think." - Socrates
Debate
oppositional
listening to find flaws
trying to convince others on your position
demands a conclusion

What It Looks Like...
After the Seminar:
Complete Seminar Reflection
Evaluate Performance
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