Reflection: Student Ownership Socratic Circles in Science - Section 4: Socratic Circle Discussion


While I have designed the question in this lesson to focus on a core scientific idea (and 3rd grade NGSS standards), in this initial round, I do not step in with additional questions, nor do I redirect them, unless another student fails to bring them back to the question.  In what ended up being a 45 minute discussion, which I stopped only because I had to, I stepped in perhaps 6 times.  Think about that.  I was there, I monitored, I smiled when they did something well, but they ran this discussion on their own.  It's amazing to see!

They were off on tangents but it was okay because the tangents will be effective tools to guide our discussion and inquiry reading activities in the next lessons.  The questions students are asking and the observations they are making mean a lot to them.  Not only do the students find this activity relevant and interesting, but their questions and comments are tied to fundamental scientific concepts.  


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Socratic Circles in Science

Unit 8: Animal Guests
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT observe an animal and discuss their initial ideas about which traits the animal has inherited and what they can see or observe that is a response to its environment.

Big Idea: Scientific dialogue is based in the ability to have open-ended, meaningful discussions with a peer group.

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