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Increasing engagement in Socratic Seminar

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This video and supporting materials demonstrate how a 12th-grade English teacher increased his students’ engagement in Socratic Seminar discussions.

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In this 45-minute professional learning activity, participants will watch a video titled “Increasing Engagement in Socratic Seminar” and reflect on how they might increase engagement through student-led discussion in their own practice. 

This document highlights evidence of Effective and Highly Effective practice (for rated components of the Framework for Teaching) in the “Increasing Engagement in Socratic Seminar” video.

This graphic organizer will support participants in taking notes while they watch the “Increasing Engagement in Socratic Seminar” video.

These are the documents that students received in the “Increasing Engagement in Socratic Seminar” video. Also included are some questions for participants to consider.

In this video, a 12th-grade English teacher shares the four instructional strategies he has implemented in his classroom to increase his students’ engagement in Socratic Seminar discussions.

Standards:
Danielson Framework for Teaching 3b: Using Questioning and Discussion TechniqueDanielson Framework for Teaching 3c: Engaging Students in Learning
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