As educators we recognize the need for our students to think critically, but we don’t always know how to begin instruction. Socratic seminar is one way to begin the process. While preparing for Socratic seminar, students read closely and analytically. By formulating and using Socratic questioning as a method for examining ideas, they learn to weigh evidence, consider bias, and develop rational arguments to guide their beliefs and actions. The Socratic seminar process demands that participants learn the skills for effective discussion and use the multiple perspectives of the group to make meaning. Students evolve from passive receivers of information to active creators of understanding. The instructional strategy of Socratic seminar is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and to the Danielson Framework for Teaching. In this workshop teachers and administrators will learn the basics of Socratic seminar including close reading, creating text-based questions, and process monitoring.
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Developing, retaining and measurably increasing teachers' ability to give students in urban public schools an excellent education.