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Discussion, Dialogue, Socratic Seminars...

A Battle Plan for a Chatty Class
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Michelle Rubano

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Discussion, Dialogue, Socratic Seminars...

Sources
http://www.clipartoday.com/clipart/education/school/class_264057.html
http://anunveiledface.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/debate1.jpg Is this your classroom?
Inspired by Bonifazi Creating a productive classroom discussion that ALSO serves as an assessment is easier said...and done! 1. Start with your current topic of study. 2. Give the students a "way" to talk. 3. Decrease anxiety by practicing first. Defining Dialogue. Dialogue is an exploratory process that involves that suspension of biases and prejudices in order to:
1-ask meaningful questions
2-create thoughtful interchanges
3-share ideas

The interchange of ideas is MORE important than "the answer." Most Important:
Dialogues in NOT a debate. As Americans, we are great debators, therefore it is difficult for students to grasp the concept of dialogue. The goal is NOT to win an argument, but to ask thoughtful questions and explore new ideas. If there is no confrontation, then what do we do? Lay some ground rules...

No interupting
Paraphrase before responding
Look eachother in the eyes
Ask clarifying questions Have the Students create the questions in advace--this is a great homework assignment and I usually grade their quetions as well. I provide a "structure" for questions, using blooms taxonomy, this can be adapted for most subjects. Close-Ended Question
A question about the text that will allow everyone in the class to come to a conclusion about events/characters. This usually has a correct answer.

Example: Why was Hester Prynne left alone when she first moved to Boston? Open-Ended Question
An insightful question about the text that requires: exploration, proof, construction of logic and discussion.

Example: Why does Mercutio make the risky decision to stand-up for Romeo's honor--utimately ending in Mercutio's death? Literary Analysis
A question dealing with how the author chose to manipulate the text. It can address characterization, plot, poetic form, motifs, patterns, etc.

Example: In Beloved, why does Toni Morrison move, almost invisibly, between the past and the present? Universal Theme/Core Question

A question dealing with the theme(s) of the text that encourages group discussion about what makes the text universal.

In Romeo and Juliet, how does their relationship address teenage love in a way that is still relavent today? World Connection
A question connection the text to the world around you.

If you were given 24 hours to pack a backpack and leave home forever, what would you pack and why? (From: Night). Any Questions?
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