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MR. WILLIAMS: Intro to Socratic Seminar!

A conversation amongst students about meaningful ideas pertaining to academic subject matter.
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Frank Williams

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of MR. WILLIAMS: Intro to Socratic Seminar!

What is Socratic seminar?
a conversation in which participants share thinking in order to gain deeper understanding of complex ideas
a conversation about...
a method
a specific text
Socratic Seminar is
a debate
an argument
a forum to prove how smart you are
guidelines
refer to the text for support when needed
only participate if you are prepared
Ask questions!
inner circle:
speak, listen, and discuss questions about academic topics
OUTER SPHERE:
observe and take notes about ideas you want to revisit
don't stay confused...
a seminar should not be a "bull session";
requires logic (logos) that will validate thinking
it's always a good idea to establish credibility (ethos)
You are responsible for the SUCCESS OF THE seminar
Take turns speaking
you should not have to raise your hands, but if the need arises, you may do so.
Listen carefully to all that is being said
and write down the ideas that are expressed.
Follow proper speaking/listening techniques
make eye contact with everyone
sit up in your chair; show interest
speak to the group, not the teacher
listen to others and build on ideas
project your voice to be heard
Avoid hostile exchanges
Question each other in a civil manner. Discuss ideas rather than each other's opinions.
Personal feelings (pathos) are important, but so is being open-minded.
let's not have a failure to communicate.
WARM-UP! On your weekly class organizer, respond to the following questions in a couple of sentences.
SOCRATIC SEMINAR
a universal Truth
an idea
NOT...
about right or wrong
a fight
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -SOCRATES
What is communication? Define.
Is it important to communicate? Why?
What is a meaningful discussion? Explain.
MASTERY OBJECTIVE:
Identify the key elements of a successful Socratic Seminar
and apply method to discuss meaningful ideas with peers.
A THEME
SOCRATIC SEMINAR
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
COOL-DOWN!
using the socratic self-assessment provided,
How would you score yourself?
A HISTORICAL EVENT
wHAT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLASS TEXT
WOULD YOU LIKE to discuss in socratic seminar?

During the course of the Socratic Seminar...
all participants in the inner circle must ask and receive answers to 2 of their questions
all participants on the outer sphere must express 2 observations of what they see/hear

HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO A SUCCESSFUL SOCRATIC SEMINAR?
( Go to this url address!
https://todaysmeet.com/WillSocSem2
)
Socratic Seminar Guidelines

 Be prepared to participate with BOOKS OPEN

 ASK QUESTIONS if confused or need more info.

 Do not raise hands, but TAKE TURNS SPEAKING

 Invite others into the discussion (if not participating)

 REFER TO TEXT and cite evidence to validate ideas

 Comments must be APPROPRIATE/RESPECTFUL

 LISTEN to and build on the comments of your peers

 Inner Circle talks/listens and Outer Sphere observes

*UPON COMPLETION OF SOCRATIC SEMINAR, PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR SELF-ASSESSMENT.

Let's get those questions out and get into the Socratic spirit!
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