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Socratic (or Harkness) lesson structures can be an incredibly powerful tool for allowing students to develop their understanding and independence,When used effectively, it can be an incredibly useful tool for:
-Checking student understanding of a topic, idea, or text.
-Encouraging students to develop their ZPD and metacognitive skills.
-Allowing students to develop their speaking and listening skills and their powers of debate.
This guide is in the context of English, but can be adapted for any subject. It is suitable across age ranges but may require greater levels of support for younger/weaker students.