Newfangled Notions Socratic Seminar CORE Resources provide a host of tools that are useful for both beginners and experienced veterans of classroom discussion. The resources include:
* The "General Guidelines" Handout
-Covers the basic behavioral expectations
-Overviews the 5 essential Socratic question types
* The "Question Development Page" Student Worksheet
-Provides a clear organization for developing questions
-Creates an easy-to-follow procedure for asking questions
* The "Feedback Flip Chart"
-Helps create a clear path of expectations for students
-Provides real-time feedback on discussion progress
* The "Short Form Data Collector"
-Helps establish qualitative levels for student comments
-Provides students with real-time individual feedback
* Complete Instructions for Everything
Taken together, these tools help students to not only begin to understand the basics of discussion but also to improve, enrich, and deepen the complexity of their thinking and their speaking.
Discussions managed with this system help the teacher take the rich, authentic literacy of Socratic Seminar and elevate its rigor to the point where it becomes a powerful tool for addressing the expectations of the Common Core.
Easily customized to fit both the level at which you teach and the focus of your content area, the Socratic Seminar Core Resources are the perfect tools for revitalizing your classroom discussions, and they are absolutely FREE.