Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Socratic Seminar - Section 2: Socratic Seminar


It's amazing to me how excited my students are to come to seminar. Even my students who really hate reading look forward to these days. All of the students annotate and prepare to the best of their ability and they are engaged. No one wants to show up unprepared and they all want to have something to contribute. I'm so proud of how they embraced this learning activity. I often find it difficult to find intrinsic motivation for reading, but this is one way that I can make reading come to life for them. This is what I do when I read. Maybe I don't sit around in a circle, but I read and then have conversations about the material. This class started the year incredibly weak in reading, and although they may not show top scores in standardized testing, they look forward to reading. They meet my challenges and they talk to me about books. They excel where others said they couldn't and they make me proud. I know that seminar itself didn't create that, but it definitely played a strong part. 

  Intrinsic Motivation: Excitement
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Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Socratic Seminar

Unit 4: Poetry: A Love/Hate Relationship- "Love That Dog"
Lesson 16 of 20

Objective: SWBAT use the insights discussed with peers to determine the theme of a poem.

Big Idea: The beauty of finding theme in poetry is being able to discuss it with someone else.

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