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.

Encourage critical thinking by turning your class into a Socratic Seminar

eSchool News

One method, called the Socratic seminar, challenges to students to formal discussions about a text based on open-ended questions. Once the seminar begins, discipline yourself not to guide or facilitate the conversation.

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 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.

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.

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. .

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

? Teacher Favorites: 20 MiddleWeb ELA Articles


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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


Is Your Teaching More Ping-Pong or Volleyball?


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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

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Towards the future of the LMS: to Moodle and beyond

Bryan Alexander

Combined, what emerged is something like a graduate seminar on the next LMS, especially in Phil’s post and the video discussion. Ah, the learning management system ( LMS ) ( VLE to some people).

50 Alternatives To Lecturing

TeachThought - Learn better.

Talking with students and expecting them to respond meaningfully isn’t lecture–that’s accountable talk, which itself is close to a Socratic dialogue or Paideia seminar. Paideia Seminar. Socratic Seminar. 50 Alternatives To Lecturing. by TeachThought Staff.


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.

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

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.

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

On the day of the Socratic Seminar, they listen to classmates, challenge what they hear by building an argument based on what they have read and heard, and in so doing critically think about not only their opinions but those of classmates. Socratic seminar in a 2nd grade Common Core class.

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.

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


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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.

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.

Pathways to jobs of the future opening via summer STEM programs

The Hechinger Report

Fiorini hosts seminars during the school year to recruit area college students, along with writing workshops to help them construct strong personal statements on job or graduate school applications.


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.

Smartphones in the classroom: friend or foe?


The first time I tried gamification with my students was during a seminar on green marketing and consumerism. However, I wanted to make the morale of the seminar more memorable, so I invited them to play a game. The one-and-a half-hour seminar almost flew away.

Going off road

Learning with 'e's

I always have an idea of what I'm going to cover in my lectures and seminars, but I rarely write anything down, preferring to keep several ideas in my head so that I can respond quickly and flexibly if the situation demands it. Veering off the beaten track is something I often do.

Insights from a blended-learning teacher

The Christensen Institute

I wanted them to work with each other—to collaborate and discuss in a Socratic seminar style. In my teacher-directed group, we had a small Socratic seminar in which we would study a piece of art and then have rich discussions about it. When I was teaching art to the whole class in a seminar-style or workshop-style, I wasn’t getting to hear everybody’s thinking.

3 Ways Teachers Can Make The Most Of The Summer Break


Right, you should be attending seminars, workshops and training during vacations. No matter how impatient students are about summer vacation, teachers deserve it the most. We taught and learned all year round; now it’s high time to have a rest and regain energy for coming academic year.

How Arts Education Teaches Kids to Learn From Failure


The first year seminar helps them learn how to read their schedule and find their way around the building, but also gives them tips on study habits, time management and other key parts of success.

What I miss and what I don't

Learning with 'e's

Standing in front of large groups of undergraduates to give a lecture, or running a seminar for a small group of students looks fun, and usually it is.

Epic Based Learning

My Paperless Classroom

Or Scaffolding for Evidence-Based Writing in Literature Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app The Challenge: Teaching academic writing to 9th graders at a very small private high school. Almost 1/3 of the 100 students were on the learning specialists caseload for one reason or another.

7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaborators in Your Classroom


Step 4 Socratic Seminar with Sentence Starters: Move to an on-the-spot, think-fast, response system that requires accountable talk or sentence starters. Socratic seminars are just the activity for this. If you are not familiar with Socratic seminars , they are basically student-led discussions with the requirement that everyone has to contribute something to the discussion. What’s All the Hubbub? Why is collaboration such a big deal all of a sudden?


Learning with 'e's

This was the task students were asked to perform during a student led seminar earlier today. If you had to design a robot to replace a teacher what would look like and what would it be able to do?

How One Student Email Could Have Been Life-Changing

Gaggle Speaks

We were fortunate this year to sponsor the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA) Annual Seminar. It’s at events like these where our team can have important conversations about student online safety.

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.