Monday, February 14, 2011

Improving Student Discussions

Question: What are “Socratic circles”?

Answer: The inner ring of students discusses the book. The outer ring of students observes the discussion, notes its effectiveness and suggests methods for improving the discussion.

The authors begin the article with the following statement: “When we finish reading a good book, we immediately want to tell someone about it.”

Comment: Sounds like a good method for helping students discover for themselves the characteristics of a good discussion. I would try it. RayS.

Title: “The Chicken and the Egg: Inviting Response and Talk through Socratic Circles.” ME Styslinger and T. Pollock. Voices form the Middle (December 2010), 36-45.

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