A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Socratic seminars have been around, obviously, since the days of Socratics. In the Socratic seminar, the teacher uses questions to guide discussion around specific learning goals. The Benefits of Socratic Seminars are: Offer opportunities for student voice.

Sarah Tweaks Her Socratic Seminar Recipe


Sarah Tantillo's MiddleWeb post, Socratic Seminars in the Middle, has racked up tens of thousands of visits. Articles Socratic Seminars listening literacy Sarah Tantillo socratic method in middle school socratic seminars speaking


Using @TodaysMeet to Enhance Socratic Seminars in English Assessment #edtech #edchat


Our English Department uses Socratic seminars as an assessment tool. When the Socratic seminar is the culminating assessment, students are expected to prepare for the activity ahead of time as they would for a written test. Socratic Seminar Pros: Students really enjoy Socratic seminars.

Learning with Twitter Chats and Socratic Seminars

Educator Innovator

Dan and James designed the three groups to help us facilitate inner/outer circle groups for a Socratic seminar over the readings that would also incorporate participation through a Twitter chat.

How Freshman Seminars Can Help Students Starting the Ninth Grade


At Maplewood High School in Nashville, every freshman is required to take a semester-long freshman seminar course that helps them think about what they want to do with their lives, and prepares them for what high school will be like.

Using @TodaysMeet to Enhance Socratic Seminars in English Assessment #edtech #edchat


Our English Department uses Socratic seminars as an assessment tool. When the Socratic seminar is the culminating assessment, students are expected to prepare for the activity ahead of time as they would for a written test. Socratic Seminar Pros: Students really enjoy Socratic seminars.

How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars


If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet.


Science NetLinks: A Mendel Seminar


This lesson plan introduces biological evolution and genetic traits using experimentation based on Gregor Mendel’s investigation of the pea plant. Techlearning Resources Site of the Day

More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

Starting this January forty (40) humanities seminars will kick into action, online. Campuses get to see higher numbers in upper-level humanities seminars, while at the same time expanding the curriculum they present to students. Twenty-one American colleges and universities are offering these classes for students on each others’ campuses, through an innovative project coordinated by the Council of Independent Colleges ( CIC ).


Minerva’s Jonathan Katzman on Making ‘the Best Seminar Possible’


We need our seminars to be fully active,” Katzman says. “We If you could create a college from scratch today what would it look like? Minerva Schools at KGI has done just that, building an accredited, four-year undergraduate program that has an inaugural class in its sophomore year. .

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I will lead a future of education and technology seminar in June

Bryan Alexander

Two months from now I’ll lead a half-day seminar on the future of technology and education. My seminar takes place on June 9th, the day before the NMC conference begins. It’s a face-to-face preconference workshop for the annual New Media Consortium conference.

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks


CCSS CCSS professional development common core seminar common core standards free online math New Teacher Chat online professional development professional development ten marks TenMarks In these trying economic times, we''ve seen many schools going through difficult budget issues.

? Teacher Favorites: 20 MiddleWeb ELA Articles


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Engage With Your Learning Community: MasteryConnect (a CommonCore Resource)


Common Core Common Core App common core for blogs common core seminar Mastery Connect MasteryConnect MasteryConnect App MasteryConnect Facebook MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.

Is Your Teaching More Ping-Pong or Volleyball?


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Five EdTech Story Ideas for Education Reporters

Doug Levin

This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA "digital learning"). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic. Blog In the News Trends #EWA17

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5 Ways to Embed Coding & Electronics into Your Science Curriculum

Cycles of Learning

If you are like me as a science teacher, you simultaneously live the acronym "STEM" and are exhausted by its overuse in nearly every blog, set of state standards, or professional development seminar that comes to town ( Full disclosure : I often facilitate those seminars).

Professional Development Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 6, 2015 For many teachers who are currently in the midst of professional development at conferences, workshops, online seminars, and one-on-one coaching sessions, there are a lot of online PD.read more. professional development

5 Ways to Embed Coding & Electronics into Your Science Curriculum


If you are like me as a science teacher, you simultaneously live the acronym "STEM" and are exhausted by its overuse in nearly every blog, set of state standards, or professional development seminar that comes to town ( Full disclosure : I often facilitate those seminars). ?That

Addressing the Five Key Areas of Professional Development through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Rather than sitting in a PD seminar all day, instructional coaching provides support relevant to the teacher’s specific classroom and content. “If

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Dangerously Irrelevant

On Monday I was in charge of TIES’ annual all-day Leadership Seminar. I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis.

Using edWeb for Collaboration in Higher Education


Holbrook discussed how he uses edWeb in his higher education seminars. Using this platform, Holbrook creates community pages for both his doctoral seminar and his seminar on the work of Vygotsky.

4 Major Reasons To Attend Edu Events


At many stages during my life, seminars and workshops gave me awesome opportunities to write articles in journals, edit books, host events etc. I cannot remember the exact number of applications I filled in after attending seminars.

Toolbox for Democracy

Educator Innovator

Our partner Facing History and Ourselves uses inspiration from common tools found in toolboxes and shares some images and ideas from their latest seminar to answer this question. What tools would you use to improve democracy in the US?

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How Teaching Online Can Change Your Life

EdNews Daily

My training and teaching background encompasses after-school programs, church’s institutes, women’s focus studies, women’s empowerment groups, conferences, workshops, seminars, and teaching STEM to kids in an after-school boys and girls club, located in Baltimore.

EdTechTeam Impact Story-EdTechTeam UK


EdTechTeam UK hosted its first Seminar (a low-cost summit-inspired event for the UK market) in addition to 15 Google Certification Bootcamps and other custom events. ” – Birmingham UK Seminar Participant. The team also supported 5 UK TeachMeets, which are FREE for teachers, and made donations to the King Edward VI Student Council Conference. “Thought I knew most things, but I was very wrong. Very useful course.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Socratic Discussion, which is also referred to as a Socratic Seminar, is a group learning strategy designed to support students in open-ended examination and extended critical thinking through dialogic terms. Paideia Seminar. 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions.

A PD model that creates experts, not robots

eSchool News

Why our ELA department dropped seminars in favor of real, ongoing professional development. Most of these were one-day seminars, with every teacher in the school or district in attendance.

Students Talk Back – A Pathway to Student Voice & Critical Analysis Using @Flipgrid #edtech #edtechchat


Kerry team teaches an American Humanities Seminar that combines AP Language and Composition and AP US History in a double-block format. My American Humanities Seminar was midway through Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and I felt the predictability of the class cycle. I wanted to feature a guest blog post written by my colleague, Kerry Hosmer.

Twitter in the classroom

Learning with 'e's

Large plenaries are presented with guest speakers in lecture theatres, and then they are split into 6 or 7 smaller seminar groups where discussion, debate, and other forms of discursive learning are supported. Today I had an interesting exchange of views on Twitter. about Twitter.

Speaking for me

Learning with 'e's

Since then I have developed my repertoire to include workshops, seminars, study days, 1-2 week resident consultancies, and even after-dinner speaking! Image from Learning Technologies Conference One of the delights of working in academia is that you get to travel.

When the future of learning includes teacher training, too

The Hechinger Report

Ninety-minute weekly seminars are a cornerstone of the model. as well as a LEAP leader who facilitates seminars and coaches teachers through regular classroom observations, said that’s a far cry from what used to be the norm. No cookie-cutter seminars for entire teaching staffs.

See you at ASHA!


Hope to see some of you this week, as I have two presentations scheduled for ASHA Convention 2018 in Boston! My first one I am going to try to deliver start to finish in my best Boston accent! Here are some details on them below. Also see my convention tech preview published on the ASHA Blog.

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Making the Transition to Blended Learning

District Administration

In this web seminar, originally broadcast on March 17, 2015, presenters explored best practices and lessons learned from blended learning initiatives The right planning, resources and professional development will ensure a successful blended program. District Administration Custom Publishing Group.

The Secret of Team Allocation in a Flipped-Classroom Environment

Fractus Learning

The course design is a two hour weekly flipped-classroom, blended learning environment with 42 students per seminar. The seminars are held in purpose-built flipped rooms, with seven team tables and six chairs each.

7 Can’t-Miss Office Manager Conferences in 2018

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Conference Organizer: Fred Pryor Seminars. Busy Office Managers will find a gold mine of time-management information and advice during this short, yet comprehensive, in-person seminar. The Complete Two-day Seminar on Communicating With Tact and Professionalism.

5 Reasons You Should Attend #GAFETalk

Shake Up Learning

Below are five reasons to attend GAFE Talk : 1 - FREE Event Did I mention the GAFE Talk seminar is completely FREE? The GAFE Talk seminar will focus on easy-to-use tools and strategies that teachers and students will love.

Education On Air: Google hosts free online conference

eSchool News

All educators have to do is register before May 8, and they will be able to listen in on seminars, panels, and discussions run by educators working to incorporate technology and modern practices in the classroom.

Highlighting #EdTech Projects, PD, & Reviewing Quick Tips!


Using TodaysMeet to Enhance Socratic Seminars in English Assessment. I wanted to close the year with some inspiring projects that I was able to work on with my wonderful colleagues this year: Bullis Tech Blog. Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Public Speaking Self-Critiques.

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Creating a Digital Conversion Plan

District Administration

In this web seminar originally broadcast on March 16, 2016, administrators from the Fort Thomas Independent Schools in Kentucky discussed how they created a bold 5-year digital conversion plan

Presenting and participating in the EDUCAUSE 2015 conference

Bryan Alexander

This seminar will describe how to build and grow a futuring capacity in a campus team. This dynamic preconference seminar features 12 speakers who will each present their approach to effectively working with emerging technologies to support teaching and learning. The seminar also includes two discussion sessions with members of the 7 Things You Should Know About… publication advisory team and with those working with 3D Printers, Makerspaces, and BYOD initiatives.

Presenting at ASHA Convention Boston 2018


As many of you know, Boston is quite proudly my own hometown. So although I would have gone to ASHA Convention regardless, I was thrilled to be involved with two proposals that were accepted for November's event.

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How Debate Structures Allow English Learners’ Brilliance to Shine


” In his ninth-grade leadership seminar, Matt Clements established norms early on with his class about debate and finds it’s a great way to get students to use strong evidence to support their opinions, even when defending an unpopular opinion. Students are often attuned to current events and world affairs.

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