At Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California, teacher Paige Price discusses how she uses Socratic Seminars in her classroom to address the question, “What’s the purpose of poetic language?” Make sure to check out the supporting materials related to the featured activities, including scoring and student preparation guides.
Teachers John Suralik and Blake Wiggs teach at two schools 23 miles apart from each other. But by using Skype and the inner circle and outer circle model, they are bringing 21st-century Socratic seminars to their classrooms, and increasing student participation and engagement.
This guide from Facing History and Ourselves explains five steps to implementing Socratic seminars in the classroom, including considerations for selecting appropriate texts, preparing students, communicating expectations, setting up procedures, and facilitating reflection and evaluation.
This handout from KIPP King includes a reference list of discussion connector statements for high school Socratic seminars, including statements for paraphrasing, acknowledging ideas, affirming, soliciting and responding, asking for clarification, and disagreeing.
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, shares four ways that she's introduced her students to and engaged them in academically rigorous discussion as a regular classroom activity.