On march 15 the women in business club hosted a socratic seminar, led by alumni julie penner, director of techstars boulder julie has a jd/mba from the university of colorado what is a socratic seminar socratic seminars are named their embodiment of socrates' believe in the power of asking. This article describes the use of socratic seminars, which provide a constructive format for discussion and help facilitate a spirit of shared inquiry among students as they discover meaning in a given text this article also provides information on how to conduct these text-based seminars with confidence and outlines some of. This video shows the power of socratic seminars through real testimonials with teachers and students from a school district in washington state that were trained by oscar graybill and socratic seminars international if you too are interested in socratic seminar training please visit. This strategy guide explains socratic seminars and offers practical methods for applying the approach in your classroom to help students investigate multiple perspectives in a text. Avid socratic seminar socrates, a classical greek philosopher, was convinced that the surest way to attain reliable knowledge was through the practice of disciplined conversation he called this method dialectic, meaning the art or practice of examining opinions or ideas logically, often by the method of question and. Here are two socratic seminar lessons using images from the freedom movement in selma socratic seminar (paideia active learning) is the name of a teaching and learning process that follows a standard, yet adaptable, set of procedures that promote critical thinking by requiring students to find.
The socratic seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others. Guidelines for socratic seminar: 1 come prepared having read the required reading and with some questions or topics to discuss 2 be an active listener and speaker contribute to the discussion 3 one voice - only one person can speak at one time 4 be respectful (even if you do not agree) 5 use evidence or. Socratic seminars can be structured in different ways, yet the purpose remains the same: to gain a deeper understanding of the ideas in a text named in homage to the greek philosopher socrates, this strategy reflects the belief that there is intrinsic value in inquiry the collaborative and social nature of the seminar favors. Purpose the purpose of a socratic seminar is to achieve a deeper understanding about the ideas and values in a text in the seminar, participants systematically question and examine issues and principles related to a particular content, and articulate different points-of-view the group conversation assists participants in.
A socratic circle (also known as a socratic seminar) is a pedagogical approach based on the socratic method and uses a dialogic approach to understand information in a text its systematic procedure is used to examine a text through questions and answers founded on the beliefs that all new knowledge is connected to. Dan and james designed the three groups to help us facilitate inner/outer circle groups for a socratic seminar over the readings that would also incorporate participation through a twitter chat jennifer and i developed the discussion hashtag, the twitter chat etiquette mini-lesson, and the logistics for.
Socratic seminar is a great way to coach students in vital 21st century skills— especially critical thinking and speaking and listening skills seminars are most effective when facilitators establish some rules for respectful dialogue and ask students to set goals. Throughout my nine years as a high school language arts teacher, i've refined a pivotal strategy called the socratic seminar this type of student-led discussion -- based on socrates' method of student inquiry rather than teacher lecture -- elicits student ownership, deep thinking, critical questioning (pdf),. The socratic seminar is a terrific model to incorporate into your classroom learn how you can use it, and what it takes to make it work when done right, the socratic seminar elevates student engagement and learning. Using socratic seminars in the classroom is an effective teaching strategy to increase student engagement and individual participation learn how one high school english literature teacher gets students involved using a socratic seminar.
What is a socratic seminar. How to teach socratic seminar in elementary, middle and high school — using questions to teach critical thinking, communication, and common core skills. Abstract in this paper a model of what is intended in socratic seminars is presented it is based on a literature summary of analogous traditions in sweden, usa and germany the socratic seminar is a group activity intended to increase critical thinking, self responsibility and self-reliance- all seen as necessary qualities in a.
A seminar is a genuine discussion as the opening quote suggests, a seminar is meant to be a different kind of class (or instructional strategy) the seminar is designed to enable students to explore a text, a problem, an experience it is not a more conversational form of teacher-led instruction rather, it is the students. 8th grade students participate in a socratic seminar about social media. Socratic seminar is a structured discussion that teaches students how to engage in discourse that is polite, respectful, focused, and academic this speaking strategy also teaches students how to think critically about texts the discussions that take place in a socratic circle focus on analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating.
“socratic seminars” train students in how to conduct intelligent conversations— how to use effective habits of discussion and how to explain their ideas, supporting them with evidence different educators have different ways of conducting socratic seminars in this approach, four students sit in the middle of the room, circled. Walla walla, wa july 18, 2018 socratic seminar intermediate level 2 workshop walla walla regional airport learn more denver, co october 03, 2018 socratic seminar introductory level 1 workshop holiday inn denver-cherry creek = learn more san jose, ca october 11, 2018 socratic seminar introductory. In a socratic seminar activity, students help one another understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in a text through a group discussion format students are responsible for facilitating their group discussion around the ideas in the text they shouldn't use the discussion to assert their opinions or prove an argument. Socratic seminar / group discussion: the crisis of the civil war in this lesson plan, you will engage your students in a socratic seminar-style group discussion about the cause and inevitability of the american civil war few people dispute the influence of the major events from 1850 to 1861 on the outbreak of the civil war.