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Subject: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Socratic seminar

From: PrincesRed@aol.com
Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 09:56:10 EDT


I also think that this method could be invaluable with helping students learn
to
question and and respond using the text as support. Thirty students is a
large
number, but it can still work
I am currently working to introduce a similar method of discussion circles in
a
seventh grade class of 27 students. I introduced to method with a general
class
discussion focusing on the type of questions and responses. Then we tried
the
questioning method in a large group setting going paragraph by paragraph of a
short
story we were all reading. The next step is to break them into four groups.
Each
group is to go through the reading paragraph by paragraph allowing each
person to
comment or question the passage. My part in this will be to move between he
groups adding to the discussion and making sure everyone has a chance to
participate. At the end of the class we come together as a class and a
spokesperson
for each group summarizes what they discussed. Eventually, I hope that the
groups
will not need to go paragraph by paragraph, but in such a large class setting
I think
that we have to begin very structured and release slowly.
I also found that many students did not know how to question to text. By
taking the
first class to demonstrate how to question the text it quieted a lot of their
concerns.
Good luck.
Glenda Weber

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