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Title: Socratic Seminars


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Socratic Seminars
  • Amy Mulholland, M.Ed.
  • admulholland_at_gmail.com

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Socratic Seminars
  • Based on Socrates method of question
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Can be used in differentiated instruction
  • Can be used to cross team cross grade level

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The Question The Text
  • Explain topic and controversy
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Old knowledge in new light
  • Leads to discovery (NO RIGHT ANSWER)
  • Encourage interest
  • Provocative

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Pre-Seminar the day before
  • The students have the responsibility of coming
    prepared (informed, with questions)
  • Reader response
  • Free writing activities
  • Webbing
  • Personal or Group Research

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Pre-seminar participant guidelines
  • Refer to text
  • Ask for clarification
  • Stick to the point
  • Take turns speaking
  • Listen
  • Address the group
  • Discuss ideas rather than opinions

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Pre-seminar how to dialogue
  • Dialogue is Collaborative
  • Listen to understand
  • Enlarges and changes
  • Open-minded
  • Offers thinking for improvement
  • Seeks strength in all positions
  • Respectful
  • Open-ended
  • Debate is Oppositional
  • Listen to find flaw
  • Defends truth
  • Close-minded
  • Offer thinking and defends it
  • Seeks weakness in other positions
  • Demeaning
  • Conclusion

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The day of the seminar
  • The teacher will offer initial questions
  • Who? Where? When?
  • What is the issue? Micro/Macro
  • How? Why? Did this happen?
  • What is the outcome/ resolution
  • Evaluate the outcome

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During-Seminar
  • Groups of 10-13 kids
  • Talking chips
  • Talking chains
  • Monitor your neighbor
  • Inner and outer circles

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Post-Seminar
  • Journal Writing
  • Self-assessment narrative
  • Follow up project (more research, newspaper
    editorials, etc.)
  • RAFTs

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Your Turn
  • Read the article
  • What is liberty?
  • What are the different positions?
  • How do we balance issues of safety and civil
    rights?

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References
  • http//www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar.htm
  • http//www.ncsu.edu/literacyjunction//html/tutoria
    lsocratic.html
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