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Introduction to Socratic Seminars

Challenging Students to Think for Themselves

“The secret of managing a team is to keep the four guys who hate you away from the five guys who are still undecided.”

Writing skills

Listening skills

Speaking skills

Test-Taking skills

Critical Thinking

Initiative

Classroom Community

Originality

Self-Respect

Self-Confidence

Socratic Seminars Help to Develop:

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Socratic Seminars

Transmission of Facts

Socratic Seminars
• To enlarge understanding of issues, ideas, and values.

Dialogue: An exchange of ideas or opinions.

Debate: To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.

“Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.”

Questioner: What does he mean by rational?

Responder: I think he means logical.

Questioner: How is logical different from rational?

Responder: One way is by using steps.

Questioner: Explain how using steps is rational.

Responder: It is reasonable to use steps.

Questioner: Can you give examples when to be reasonable uses steps?

The Process of Socratic Seminars

Prep Work

Seminar

Reflection

Prep Work
• Read the text carefully, like you would when reading a love letter.
• Highlight the phrase or sentence in the text which:
• is most ambiguous
Salvador Late or Early - Reflection
• What did you observe about:
• the other participants?
• theprocess?
• yourself?
Sandra Cisneros
• Caramelo (2002)
• Loose Woman: Poems (1994)
• Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991)
• My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987)
• The House on Mango Street (1983)
Maturity