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Have Your Class Teach Themselves Through Socratic Seminars

During a lesson most teachers resort to the most common form of teaching, and that is lecturing. During lecturing most students are not paying attention because most of the time they are bored. They are not actively participating because maybe they feel as though if they do, they would be made fun of for putting their opinion in, or are just too shy. Based on those two factors the result is the students usually not retaining much from that class.

Since lecturing is not getting through to the students sometimes, I feel that teachers should take advantage of a very useful tool, a Socratic seminar.

Socratic seminars are a usual tool in teaching and I feel as though teachers are not taking advantage of it enough. During a seminar you have four parts. The first part is the Text. The text is basically what the discussion or seminar is going to be based off of. The second part is the question. The question is what starts everything. It is the initial hook that gets everyone thing and involved. The next part is the leader. The job of the leader is to engage everyone. They need to make sure that the seminar is flowing properly and if it is not, they need to make changes. For example the leader can post another question to re-interest everyone. The last part of the Socratic seminar is the participants. These are the students, the ones that were going to be active throughout the duration of the seminar. Without these key elements the Socratic seminar would not work. It wouldn’t be as effective as it should be.

Socratic seminars are very useful in a classroom setting because it allows for the students to be actively involved. They have the opportunity to voice their opinion on a matter, which sometimes during a regular lecture they would be too shy to do. Having a Socratic seminar allows for the students to teach themselves. The teacher can just sit back and watch. Sometimes however, depending on the topic they may need to jump in and add something, or post another question for the group to get them thinking again.

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