Looking for an engaging way to conduct classroom discussions?
Need a way to teach and assess speaking and listening skills?
Searching for a powerful tool to promote thinking, teamwork, and the processing of difficult text?
Always wanted to try Socratic Seminar, but weren't quite sure how to go about it?
Wingman-style Socratic Seminar is the answer. "Wingman" is a team-based type of Socratic Seminar that supports students while they learn the skills necessary for successful Socratic discussions. It also is a great way to demonstrate student engagement and it provides a rich source of data for assessing speaking and listening skills.
In this 18-page PDF "how to" guide, you will receive step-by-step instructions for setting up your classroom, structuring a Wingman discussion, preparing materials, training your students, and the tried-and-true tips for success that I have developed.
In addition to walking you through the process of training your students and conducting a Wingman-style discussion, I share how I informally collect data during a discussion (complete with a picture of a data-catcher) and discuss how this can be transformed into data for grades. Included are a rubric for scoring students more formally and a self-assessment form ... both of which are matched to the CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards and which offer advice on how to convert these rubrics to grades that make sense.
I use this activity constantly in my middle-school classroom, but it is appropriate for any middle to high-school classroom that needs a structured way to teach groups how to dialogue.