Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Socratic Method

"The unexamined life is not worth living."
-Socrates
So today I get an email from the GT coordinator about the Socratic Method. This is one of my number one methods for introducing higher level thinking and reasoning in my classroom. Angela Bunyi has two  incredible lessons on her website that utilizes the Socratic Seminar. Aaron Huey: America's Native Prisoners of War and Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison.
Check it out at http://mrsbunyi.com/ .
Here is a link for differentiating instruction using the Socratic Method: http://www.suite101.com/content/socratic-method-and-gifted-students-a74219
Socratic Seminars: http://www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar.htm
Guidelines for student participants in Socratic Seminars: http://www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar_student.htm.
Example of Socratic questions: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/socratic/fifth.html
Socratic Seminars: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/socratic-seminars-30600.html
How to utilize Socratic Seminar in Your Classroom: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/65364.aspx

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