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Before the Seminar Participants study the assigned texts closely before getting to the seminar. Participants should formulate questions before the discussion. For example: I have questions about… Another point of view is… I think this means… What confuses me is… I’d like to talk to people about… Do you think this is similar to… The big idea seems to be… During the Seminar: There is no “right” answer. Don’t raise hands (Just speak up as if you are having a conversation) Take turns speaking Do not interrupt Listen carefully Address one another respectfully Base opinions on the text No side conversations Monitor your talking time Invite those who have not talked into the conversation Content of Seminar Refer to the text. The goal is to understand ideas. Cite reasons and evidence for your statements Ask for clarification if confused Stick to the point under consideration. Take notes if you want to get back to or start a different topic. Take notes on ideas that are being expressed. Take responsibility for the seminar. It is only as good as you make it. This is Dialogue, Not a Debate Bibliography: Socratic Seminars, Williamson County Schools, October 27 2010, http://www.wcs.edu/fhs/StaffDevelopment/socraticse minars.htm. Socratic Seminar, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, October 27 2010, http://www.nwabr.org/education/pdfs/PRIMER/Prim erPieces/SocSem.pdf.
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