As I wanted to share Socratic Circles with others, I decided to present at the next TeachMeet. While I could share my resources and the process with other teachers, my students needed their voices shared too. I asked them to contribute by answering two questions.
- How would you describe Socratic Circle (written responses were later collated for the presentation)
- What are the benefits of this strategy? (orally shared and capture on an anchor chart)
I introduced the staff to Socratic Circle, when I facilitated a workshop using a palindrome poem. This provided an opportunity for the teaching staff to experience the activity. The library staff were particularly interested in this strategy. I've included some resources at the end of this blog. As I listened to Russ talk about giving students a voice in the professional learning of teachers, I believe I had achieved this. In his research, Jim ascertained seven Partnership Principles in coaching: Equality, Choice, Voice, Dialogue, Reflection, Praxis, and Reciprocity. Through dialogue, we empower voice.
"Voice is sharing thoughts and ideas in an environment underpinned by trust and respect, offering realistic suggestions for the good of the whole, and accepting responsibility for not only what is said but also what needs to be done." ~ Quaglia
To lead change in our schools, we need to be having conversations where everyone has a voice and actively listens - the students, teachers and leaders. How well are we listening and who currently has the most influential voice?
Staying curious, always learning...
Opening the discussion
What word or phrase is most important?
What is the most surprising statement in the text?
What is the most striking image or metaphor?
What would be another good title for this piece?
Continuing the discussion
What do the authors mean when they say ________________________?
How would the original audience have interpreted this statement?
What is the relationship between __________ and ______________ ?
Concluding the discussion
What additional points should be included in this text?
How would our daily lives be different without this concept or idea?
In your opinion, is it morally right to take the action described in this text?
Based on this story, do you think people’s actions are determined by fate or by choice?
Which character are you most like? When have you behaved like the other character?
Socratic Seminar Handout