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Socratic Seminars: Critical Thinking Through Conversation

Target Group: Teachers, all grade levels and content areas.

The Socratic method of teaching is based on Socrates theory that it is more important to enable students to think for themselves than to merely fill their heads with right answers. Socratic Seminars are a highly motivating form of intellectual and scholarly discourse conducted in K-12 classrooms. Socratic Seminars foster active learning as participants explore and evaluate the ideas, issues, and values in a particular text.

Participants will be able to

  • ask Socratic questions
  • identify age and curriculum-appropriate texts for use in Socratic seminars
  • conduct Socratic seminars
  • evaluate seminar participant behaviors as well as their own behaviors as seminar leaders.

After registering for this, several readings will be shared with you. Participants are asked to read these documents prior to attending the class. Please be sure that your e-mail address entered in your account is accurate.

This addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 1D, 3E, 3F.


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