A Beginner's Guide to the Socratic Seminar

9780898244540: A Beginner's Guide to the Socratic Seminar

Ideally, the dialogue that happens in a Socratic Seminar provides an equal opportunity for all: the at-risk adolescent, an English Language Learner, or a gifted prodigy--all have equal voice in the Seminar--a free-flowing interchange where everyone's contribution has value.

It is also, by active involvement towards understanding, the means to long-term memorization of what has been learnt. This enthusiastic and highly practical book for teachers explains how the Socratic Seminar works and how to manage one.

Chapters include: explanations of the difference between dialogue and debate; the rules of the Socratic Seminar; the basics of getting started and how to adapt to different size classes; the seating arrangements; the art of asking questions; evaluation sheets; follow-up writing and prospective topics.

This Guide is for all grade levels.

The author writes: "After thirty-seven years in the trenches, teaching the most gifted and the most reluctant learners, I promise you that the Socratic Seminar works. I guarantee it will bring you personal satisfaction and put smiles on the faces of your students. They will soon be begging for Seminar time. The Socratic Seminar represents the future of education."

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