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A regular refrain of our presenters at our workshops is “It takes 6-8 seminars with reflection on process before you and your students start to get it, the ‘it’ being civility and thoughtfulness.” At the end of each and every Socratic Seminar it is important to have the students reflect on…

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At Socratic Seminars International, we promote dialogue and NOT debate in our Socratic Seminars. When a Socratic Seminar is rich in dialogue, participants reveal assumptions for examination and reevaluation. My experience in introducing and practicing dialogue with students and adults has made me realize that many of us are not…

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One of the vital parts of a well-run Socratic Seminar at any grade level is to be sure to present and review the Ground Rules or Guidelines for Socratic Seminar participants. This step can easily be skipped in the daily rush of classroom life. Be sure to not skip it…

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Whether you are new to Socratic Seminars or you have been leading them for years, reflection is one of the keys for improving both leadership of Socratic Seminars as well as participation. Here is  our four part YouTube series, the Four Elements of Socratic Seminars. If you a new to Socratic…

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I must share a wonderful article that echoes my passion about the importance of engaging students in face-to-face conversations. Scott L. Newstok, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, writes a compelling commentary on what a worthy education means for all students, whether college age or K-12. Please read and  let me…

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The establishment of Common Core State Standards is a step in the right direction, but it is not the final destination. So what is the final destination? I suggest the final destination is classrooms everywhere filled with the sights, sounds, and products of imagination, inquiry, and thoughtfulness as students collectively…

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