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This discussion activity is sure to engage students and surprise teachers as they watch even the most reluctant readers come alive in a Socratic Circle. What is it? A class conversation. Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates believed that “…the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.” According to Socrates, learning comes from asking questions. A Socratic Circle is a type of group conversation with a chosen text that leads all participants to greater understanding. A Socratic Circle discussion is likely to:
*Achieve deeper understanding
*Develop critical thinking skills.
*Teach respect for the ideas of others.
*Develop discussion etiquette.
*Build confidence in speaking skills.
*Help individuals to develop their own ideas and values.
*Maximize student participation.
*Provide alternative assessment to paper and pencil tests.
Included in the bundle:
*Powerpoint presentation on the what, why, and how of the
*Informational articles on the effects of revenge and forgiveness
*Socratic Circle preparation form
*Coach evaluation form
*Student self-evaluation form
Again, students will love this activity and surprise you with their earnest questions and comments.