Reflection: Shared Expectations Socratic Seminar: Poetry - Section 4: Did They Get It?


Assessing a discussion is tricky business.  Since Speaking & Listening standards are a part of our world now, we cannot simply let students slide through a discussion with a passing grade because they're too shy to speak up.

However, being a former shy violet myself (I know, right?!?), I completely understand when a student - especially a fragile preteen - would rather hide under their desk instead of participate in a conversation. 

Compounding the problem is the fact that the kids who are usually too shy to speak up are the ones who are the most insightful writers and deep thinkers. 

It really puts one in a pickle.

The way that I have been able to comfortably deal with this problem is to weight the Socratic ticket and the actual discussion evenly.  That way, if a truly shy person doesn't speak up, they won't end up with a bottom-of-the-barrel grade, as long as they can express themselves in writing on the Socratic ticket.

I'm still not sure if I'm completely satisfied with this solution, but isn't everything we do a work in progress?

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Socratic Seminar: Poetry

Unit 14: Analyzing Poetry for Writing & Discussion
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT participate in a whole-class discussion, having prepared by reading and taking notes on a text.

Big Idea: Time to talk about poetry!

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