Purpose of Socratic Seminar. Provokes thought, dialogue, and ownership for learning Allows students to speak (97% of the time) Leads to self-knowledge and understanding Puts ownership of learning on students Gives students confidence Leads to high retention rates. Room Arrangement. Circle
(Ball, Wanda H., & Brewer, Pam. (2000). Socratic seminars in the block. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education)
Rows; teacher higher
Avg. response:2-3 sec.
Thinking ends as soon as someone is right
All in circle
Avg. response: 8-12 sec.
No teacher approval
Textual back up, open-ended exploration
AccountabilityDiscussion Vs. Socratic Dialogue