Socratic Seminars. Where questions, not answers, are the driving force in thinking. What does Socratic mean?. Socratic comes from the name Socrates , a classical Greek philosopher who developed a Theory of Knowledge : the surest way to attain reliable knowledge was
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Where questions, not answers, are the driving force in thinking.
Socratic comes from the name
a classical Greek philosopher who developed a
Theory of Knowledge:
the surest way to attain reliable knowledge was
through the practice of disciplined
*a method used to understand information by creating dialectic in class regarding a
Participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas in text through rigorous thoughtful dialogue, rather than by memorizing bits of information.
*richness in ideas, issues, values and their ability to stimulate dialogue.
A good text raises important
There are no right or wrong answers.
At the end of successful Socratic Seminars, participants often leave with more questions than they brought with them.
The Socratic Seminar opens with a
posed by the leader. Responses to the opening question generate new
questions from the leader and participants, leading to new responses.
*carry the burden of responsibility for the quality of the seminar.
There are four ways to do this:
Dialogue creates an open-minded attitude: an openness to being wrong and an openness to change.
In dialogue, one submits one's best thinking, expecting that other people's reflections will help improve it rather than threaten it.
Make a list of 7 questions you’d like to ask during our Socratic Seminar
2 CLOSE-ENDED QUESTIONS: who, what, when, where (why, how) Write a question about the text that will help everyone in the class come to an agreement about events or characters in the text. This question usually has a "correct" answer.
5 OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS: would, could, should, what if, (why, how) Write an insightful question about the text that will require proof and group discussion and allow people to share their opinions.
Your participation will be evaluated according to the levels of your responses.
Level 1 = 1 point, Level 2 = 2 points, Level 3 = 3 points
*5 points are required for our first Socratic Seminar.
Nobody is allowed to speak more than 5 times.
Response Level Criteria
Level 1: basic comment, “yes” or “no” responses, “I agree” or “I disagree” Level 2: giving opinions, explaining your position (“I agree because…”)
Level 3: contributing new information and in-depth responses, making connections to the text (citing pg. numbers), raising key questions to generate discussion