Socratic Circles

Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School

The benefits and importance of Socratic seminars are widely recognized, but little has been written on how to make them happen successfully in the classroom. By offering real-world examples and straightforward answers to frequent questions, Matt Copeland has created a coaching guide for both the teacher new to Socratic seminars and the experienced teacher seeking to optimize the benefits of this powerful strategy. Socratic Circles also shows teachers who are familiar with literature circles the many ways in which these two practices complement and extend each other.

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The benefits and importance of Socratic seminars are widely recognized, but little has been written on how to make them happen successfully in the classroom. By offering real-world examples and straightforward answers to frequent questions, Matt Copeland has created a coaching guide for both the teacher new to Socratic seminars and the experienced teacher seeking to optimize the benefits of this powerful strategy. Socratic Circles also shows teachers who are familiar with literature ...read more

About the Author(s)

Matt Copeland is an Associate for Instructional Innovation and Support with MetaMetrics, Inc., an educational research firm based in Durham, North Carolina, and creator of the Lexile® Framework for Reading.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Introduction
1. The Benefits of Socratic Circles
2. The Nuts and Bolts of Socratic Circles
3. Preparing for Classroom Dialogue
4. Facilitating the Inner Circle
5. Facilitating the Outer Circle
6. Socratic Circles in Action
7. Aligning Socratic Circles with the Curriculum
8. Assessment and Follow-Up Activities
Appendixes
Further Reading
References

Product Details

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 176 pp/paper
Year: 2005
Item No: WEB-0394
ISBN: 978-157110-394-9

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