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Invigorating Classroom Discussion with Socratic Seminars

Socratic Seminars is a discussion technique that helps bring the students' questions to the forefront. This student-centered discussion method is a favorite. These resources help explain the basic fundamentals and best practices when it comes to using the Socratic Seminar.
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Invigorating Classroom Discussion with Socratic Seminars
  • Fishbowl

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    facinghistory.org
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    Danielle O'Connor says:
    Let's start at the beginning. I have always structured my Socractic Seminars as a fishbowl. When I would coach other educators with this technique I would first show them how to set up a fishbowl discussion. If you haven't done a fishbowl, this description is helpful. It is a little difficult to imagine the concept at first, so it may also be helpful to watch Socratic Seminar Patience and Practice to see it in action.
  • Danielle O'Connor says:
    A handout that teachers can give to students before beginning a Socratic seminar to help ensure a consistent flow of discussion.
  • Danielle O'Connor says:
    This prezi could be used to help formulate questions or could be something shared with the class.
  • Danielle O'Connor says:
    This video shows a great strategy with Socratic seminars. The students become coaches for one another. This resource also has a worksheet template that teachers can use for preparing their own Socratic seminar. There is also a rubric for students and teachers. Video can be used as a model for students.
  • Danielle O'Connor says:
    Don't take my word for it! This teacher found his classroom discussions transformed by using the Socratic Seminar.
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    Socratic Seminars

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    Danielle O'Connor says:
    This website gives some great tips about important parts of setting up a Socratic Seminar and also provides a little research about the effectiveness of this method in the classroom.
  • Danielle O'Connor says:
    I always want to know why I should try a new teaching technique. This video helps answer why Socratic Seminars can be so useful. A quick and fun video introduction and about the purpose and history of the Socratic Method.
  • Socratic Seminar

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    facinghistory.org
    facinghistory.org
    Danielle O'Connor says:
    You learn quickly that Socratic Seminars hinge on the content and questions. This resource gives you some really helpful tips on choosing the right content and asking the right questions.
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John KellyMiddle School High School Science The Arts Math History & Social Studies Cross-CurricularNovember 02, 2016
At my high school we are using this collection to assist in completing professional growth plan goals. These resources help with improving question and discussion techniques.