Dialogue versus debate Dialogue is… Collaborative About understanding Listening for deeper meaning Keeping an open mind About respecting participants Debate is… About proving others wrong Close-minded About defending beliefs/assumptions Belittling or demeaning others Having one right answer **The purpose of Socratic Seminar is to expand our ideas and engage in dialogue, not to debate and try to come to a conclusion **
The texts Chosen for richness in ideas, issues, and values Used to stimulate conversation Raises important questions “Standardized Tests Are Needed to Measure Student Achievement ” AND “Standardized Tests Are Harmful and Unfair”
The questions No right/wrong answers Leads back to the text to evaluate, speculate, define, and clarify issues Responses to questions lead to more questions! Your 2 L2 and 2 L3 Costa questions
The participants Listen actively Share your ideas and questions in response to the ideas and questions from others Use evidence in the text to support your ideas That’s you!
Socratic Seminar Group Guidelines Listen No one can speak while someone else is speaking. Build Speakers must try to build on what others say, not debate their views. Refer to the Text Speakers must refer directly to the section of the text from which their ideas come rather than making general comments or observations.
D ISCUSSION DEBRIEF What ideas did you agree with? What ideas did you disagree with? What questions were left unanswered? What did you contribute to the discussion? Who were the top three contributors to the discussion? What is your overall evaluation of the seminar?
R EFERENCES http://techpenta.com/hospital/monty-neill http://attheagora.blogspot.com/2009/11/figure-drawing-from-1990s.html http://www.gradethenews.org/commentaries/fairtrials.htm