In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek to better understand complex ideas through thoughtful dialogue and questioning. The teacher is a facilitator and observer, but not the expert disseminating information. Students are expected to help each other deepen and clarify their understanding. In this case, our class will focus on better understanding the causes, course and consequences of the Russian Revolution.
General Format of Socratic Seminar:
Small groups will sit in the center of the room “Inner Circle” for 12-15 minutes.
Each small group will discuss ONE of the “Seminar Questions” below.
You will not know which question you’ll be asked to discuss until the Seminar begins.
When you are not in the “inner circle” discussion, be attentive and take notes if you wish. The “outer circle” people can ask questions or make comments after the “inner circle” discussion is finished.
Guidelines for “Inner Circle” Participants:
Refer to specific evidence from preparatory notes during the discussion.
Build off each other’s ideas and ask others for clarification of their comments.