In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Class size - re: DeniseFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 11:33:06 EDT
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My understanding of the Socratic questioning seminar is that you pose questions to the students to which they respond. The teacher then asks additional questions of the students, but never makes actual statements. You just keep asking probing or clarifying questions to get the students thinking. I think in the video Ashby Reid used this in connection with quotes from the book. I used this recently with both Lord of the Flies and Parallel Journeys. The students got a list of about 20 quotes from the book, and got one class period to respond in paragraph form to six of them. Then the next day, we formed a circle and discussed the quotes. My job as the teacher/facilitator was to ask additional questions of the students, but not to comment outright about the quotes or the book. It worked wonderfully! The classes I did this with were 20-25 students.