socratic seminar

Encourage critical thinking by turning your class into a Socratic Seminar


A Socratic Seminar gets students thinking, talking, and learning about texts

With so much talk about the Common Core standards and truly increasing our student's argumentative powers and critical thinking skills, some teachers are starting to think critically themselves about how best to engage students in thoughtful debate and discussion around texts they need to analyze anyway.

One method, called the Socratic seminar, challenges to students to formal discussions about a text based on open-ended questions. Throughout the exercise, students must alternately
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