Reflection: Real World Applications Socratic Seminar: Using conversation to show how to closely read a text - Section 4: Socratic Seminar Reflection


During today's Socratic Seminar, two students really disagreed about one of the points from the article.  Student A was a firm believer that students are responsible for their own education and should have full responsibility for that education despite who the teacher is.  Student B disagreed and explained that teachers have to have some, if not most of, the blame for a student's failing grade.  Throughout the Seminar, these two students brought up many points and pieces of evidence to support his/her opinion.  During the reflection, Student A realized that Student B had some valid points.  She wrote:

I realized today that not everyone has had the same educational experience I have.  He (Student B) had a horrible experience in 8th grade Science that has changed him as a student.  I didn't understand what points he was trying to make, but while I write this reflection, I understand we don't have the same background and that makes our perspectives different.  

What a great teacher moment! 

  Agreeing to disagree is a life skill
  Real World Applications: Agreeing to disagree is a life skill
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Socratic Seminar: Using conversation to show how to closely read a text

Unit 16: Creative Test Prep and Review
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT qualify or justify their own views about a subject by engaging in a Socratic Seminar over a common text.

Big Idea: Can students deepen their thinking and reading by having quality conversations with each other?

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