Socratic Seminar Introductory Level 1 Workshop

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Socratic Seminar Leadership

An Introductory Teacher Workshop:  Level 1

 Increase student engagement, foster critical thinking, teach critical reading, and promote civility through dynamic classroom dialogue.

Teacher Workshop Objectives & Expectations

  • Gain understanding of the history and philosophy of Socratic Seminars
  • Participate in and reflect upon a variety of Socratic Seminars
  • Lead a Socratic Seminar with colleagues
  • Learn the knowledge and skill of selecting engaging texts
  • Create Opening Questions that spark student conversation and thoughtfulness
  • Discover the Socratic Questioning Strategies
  • Understand the importance of balancing leadership and participation in a Socratic Seminar
  • Learn and practice individual and collective reflection
  • Recognize the power of Socratic Seminars to address Common Core State Standards

Who Should Attend this workshop:

Public, private, and charter school: Classroom Teachers, Teachers of English, Social Studies/History, Science, World Languages, Gifted Education, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, National Board Certified, Title I, AVID, Department Heads, Administrators; Community College, College, and University professors.

Meet and Share:

This teacher workshop is a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators seeking practical ideas for engaging students in Socratic Seminars that address Common Core State Standards by increasing student engagement, and teaching critical thinking skills. Workshop provides examples and ideas for leading Zoom Socratic Seminars with students and enriching online (Zoom) student learning.

Two-Day Workshop Schedule October 13, 14, 2020

Day 1     Pacific Time Zone

2:30 p.m.              Introduction to Socratic Seminars and Dialogue
3:45 p.m.              Main Seminar: Sandra Cisneros, “Salvador, Late or Early”
5:00 p.m.              Main Seminar Critique/Reflection
5:30 p.m.              Socratic Questioning/Text Selection
6:00 p.m.              Adjourn

Day 2     Pacific Time Zone

2:30 p.m.          Welcome Back/Review/Issues
3:45 p.m.          Opening Questions/Micro-Seminar Preparation
5:00 p.m.          Micro-Seminars Leadership and Feedback
5:30 p.m.          Reflection/Debrief/Questions-Answers/Recommendations
6:00 p.m.         Adjourn

One-Day Workshop Schedule October 15, 2020

Mountain Daylight Time Zone

Time Activities
   8:00 a.m. Introduction to Socratic Seminars and Dialogue
   9:15 a.m. Main Seminar: Sandra Cisneros, “Salvador, Late or Early”
 10:30 a.m. Main Seminar Critique/Reflection
 11:45 a.m. Lunch
 12:45 p.m. Socratic Questioning/Text Selection
   1:30 p.m. Opening Questions/Micro-Seminar Preparation
   2:00 p.m. Micro-Seminars
   3:45p.m. Reflection/Debrief
   4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Additional Benefits of Attending a Virtual Zoom Workshop:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Socratic Seminar Introductory Workshop Notebook
  • Certificate of Completion verifying 7 professional development hours

Registration Fee:  $215 for individuals; $205 for Groups of five or more.
Please Note: Workshop requires a minimum pre-registration of 8 participants and is capped at 32 particpants.

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