Need a way to creatively reach your student's Speaking and Listening standards?
Want to assess ALL students based on their thoughts and not what they are able to write down?
Then Socratic Seminar is for you and your class! Hosting seminar is an amazing way to assess student understanding and find holes in it, too. In addition, students who have difficulty with writing, but are able to verbalize their thinking will find an even playing field.
This seminar on Aaron Reynold’s, Nerdy Birdy, is meant for students in 1st-3rd grade, but could be extended to 4th grade focusing on story structure and character motivations. Classes who need to think more deeply about acceptance and being yourself, would also benefit from this seminar.
Remember that earlier grades focus on the process of seminar and not as much on content. That's not to say that you won't find some very insightful comments occurring in primary seminars. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. You could alternately use this with classes in the intermediate grades if they are just beginning to learn how seminar works. It's very flexible.
Here’s what you'll get:
1. How-To instructions for those new to facilitating seminar.
2. List of pre and post seminar activities.
3. Seminar Plan (opening, core and closing questions)
4. Post seminar activity
5. Seminar Web sheet (you can use this for all seminars! Just make extra copies!)
Interested in a research project to use with this seminar? Check out my Nerdy Birdy Popplet Research Project!