Socratic Seminar

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How do you prepare for a Socratic Seminar? What specific guidelines should be addressed by both the inner circle and outer circle participants? Here you'll find major points that your learners should consider in order to properly participate in this valuable form of discussion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include a list of sentence frames on the board that learners can refer to in order to feel more comfortable to participate
  • Consider designing a tallying system that will help both outer circle and inner circle participants track major ideas and questions
  • Have learners design a poster illustrating the guidelines for participating in the Socratic Seminar
  • Devise a discussion question that will frame the conversation, and have a list of additional questions that you can use to help guide the conversation as the facilitator
Classroom Considerations

  • for a richer experience, learners should have spent some time analyzing text and writing about the particular topic before beginning the Socratic Seminar 
Pros

  • Straightforward and organized list of discussion guidelines
  • Handouts are ready to be printed and distributed
Cons

  • None