Setting up for Socratic Seminars

You've heard of Socratic Seminars, but how do you implement them into a standard classroom? An introductory lesson includes everything you need to get your young scholars talking, including step-by-step instructions, explanatory handouts, and possible discussion topics.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Apply the discussion format to any subject
  • Rotate students in and out of the middle circle, beginning with more advanced learners to model the discussion for their peers
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for secondary classes, but older elementary students could participate with a few adaptations
  • Lesson notes that the teacher should facilitate the lesson rather than lead the discussion
  • A great option for student-led discussion
  • Connects well to Common Core standards for speaking and listening
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