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The Socratic seminar professional learning activity

Through engaging in this two-part professional learning activity, participants will examine how this discussion technique can increase critical thinking and student independence in classroom discussions, as well as identify strategies to implement Socratic Seminars in their classrooms. Participants will also draft a plan to integrate a Socratic Seminar discussion into an upcoming lesson, and plan strategies to support all learners before and during Socratic Seminar.

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Through engaging in this professional learning activity, participants will examine how this discussion technique can increase critical thinking and student independence in classroom discussions, as well as identify strategies to implement Socratic Seminars in their classrooms. Participants will also draft a plan to integrate a Socratic Seminar discussion into an upcoming lesson, and plan strategies to support all learners before and during Socratic Seminar.

This resource can be used as the shared text discussed in the sample Socratic Seminar that participants engage in in Part I of the Socratic Seminar Professional Learning Activity.

These optional questions can be used to support the sample Socratic Seminar that participants engage in in Part I of the Socratic Seminar Professional Learning Activity.

This resource provides guiding questions for teachers planning to implement a Socratic Seminar in an upcoming lesson.

These sample prompts provide samples of how Socratic Seminar might be used in science and math classrooms.

This reference resource provides teachers with options for how Socratic Seminar can be implemented in the classroom.

This reference resource provides teachers with guidelines for supporing English Language Learners in engaging in a Socratic Seminar.

This template can support teachers as they plan to implement a Socratic Seminar.