The Socratic Seminar Observation sheet helps teachers conduct a formative assessment while students participate in a text-based discussion. The seating arrangements are set up in a "fish-bowl" so a proper conversation can take place.
Divide students in half. Assign seating and write name in boxes and circles.
The inner circle begins their text-based discussion (it is recommended to provide questions, or to have students come up with their own questions prior to seminar) as the outside circle observes the student sitting in front of them. Outside circle should record what their assigned student said (or did not say) and write down how they actively (or did not) participate in the Socratic Seminar.
Teacher records conversation by drawing lines (connecting) to record the flow of the conversation inside the large middle circle. This shows where a lot of activity and participation occurred. Also, a comment key is given to add extra information on how each student performed.
Print two sheets out for one class hour. After the inner circle is finished the discussion within the time limit decided by teacher, the inner circle switches to the outside circle and will then record their partner.