Socratic Seminar Instructions


Strategy to use after students have a “good” working knowledge of a topic.


Good for cluster groups within the classroom of 10-12 students.


1. Explain the rules of discussion to the students.


2. Ask an open ended question. For examples, see pp. 141-143.


3. Wait for 1-2 minutes for someone to reply to the question. If no one responds after 2 minutes or so, tell students they may talk quietly to one other person to generate ideas.


4. After the discussion has concluded, allow for time for students to reflect on the process.

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