Socratic Seminar Forms
I use these materials in my class when discussing issues raised in U.S. History. These resources work best when conducting a fishbowl discussion.
I divide up my class into six groups. One member from each group will enter into the center circle (fishbowl) for the first round of their discussion. Students not in the discussion will coach their teammate. I break the discussion into two parts. After the first part of the discussion time ends, those in the center return to their group. The coaches give their teammate feedback. This allows the student in the discussion to receive immediate feedback from multiple peers and ways they can improve during the second half of the discussion. Those who are coaching potentially can observe different styles of communication they may not have tried before.
This bundle includes the following:
Student Coaching Sheet
The student coaching sheet allows for students to coach their peers, helping those in the decision and outside improve their communication skills.
Coaching Sentence Frames
The Coaching Sentence Frames give students sentence starters to help their peers to be successful in the discussion.
Student Reflection Sheet
After the discussion, students will reflect on their overall performance in the discussion and make goals for the next seminar.
The tickets allow teachers to provide instant feedback at the end of each discussion to the students.
The starters allow for students to share their ideas in a variety of ways. They are in bookmark format to allow students to take into the discussion but not clutter their desk. Students can also cross off the different types of sharing while in the discussion to make sure they are using a variety of sharing strategies.
The rubric allows students to know what is expected and how they can improve.