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8th Grade Socratic Seminar

posted May 13, 2014, 11:49 AM by Kaitlyn Hart   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 10:52 AM by Web Master ]

Socrates believed that enabling students to think for themselves was more important than filling their heads with "right" answers.  In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas through rigorously thoughtful dialogue, rather than memorizing bits of information.

A Socratic Seminar fosters active learning as participants explore and evaluate the ideas, issues, and values in a particular text.  It opens with a good question either posed by the leader or solicited from participants as they acquire more experiences with seminars.  The Socratic Seminar enables all participants with the ability to share their insights and listen to those of others.  

We invite you take a look at the video below that highlights one of the Socratic Seminars that our 8th Graders experienced this school year in Mrs. Bieschke's class.