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  “Six Types of Socratic Questions” “Socratic Seminar Starters: Summarizing, Analyzing, and Evaluating Ideas” “Socratic Seminar Bingo” Yes, gaining the explicit knowledge of Socratic Seminar is useful, important, and valuable. It is just not enough… Successful leadership of Socratic Seminar requires tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge is procedural. It is gained…

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“Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi’s words apply to our efforts to engage students in deep, meaningful, and lasting conversations. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a 30-year teacher, it is likely that you have been rocked by that unplanned classroom moment that can…

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Teach Civility and Thoughtfulness   Nothing is more important in this era of disrespect and misconceptions    Socratic Seminars as  Genuine Dialogue   “You’re wrong!” “That is crazy!” “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” We often hear words like these in our classroom discussions. We intend them to be…

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Yes. let’s be honest. Leading an engaging, civil, and thoughtful Socratic Seminar is difficult! If it were easy, we would see Socratic Seminars flourishing in every classroom in every school. We don’t. This is why it is called the art and practice of Socratic Seminar leadership. Like all things in…

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A regular refrain of our presenters at our workshops is “It takes 6-8 seminars with reflection on process before you and your students start to get it, the ‘it’ being civility and thoughtfulness.” At the end of each and every Socratic Seminar it is important to have the students reflect on…

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One of the vital parts of a well-run Socratic Seminar at any grade level is to be sure to present and review the Ground Rules or Guidelines for Socratic Seminar participants. This step can easily be skipped in the daily rush of classroom life. Be sure to not skip it…

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Whether you are new to Socratic Seminars or you have been leading them for years, reflection is one of the keys for improving both leadership of Socratic Seminars as well as participation. Here is  our four part YouTube series, the Four Elements of Socratic Seminars. If you a new to Socratic…

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I must share a wonderful article that echoes my passion about the importance of engaging students in face-to-face conversations. Scott L. Newstok, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, writes a compelling commentary on what a worthy education means for all students, whether college age or K-12. Please read and  let me…

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The establishment of Common Core State Standards is a step in the right direction, but it is not the final destination. So what is the final destination? I suggest the final destination is classrooms everywhere filled with the sights, sounds, and products of imagination, inquiry, and thoughtfulness as students collectively…

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