Socratic Circles

Using Socratic Circles to facilitate discussion is a common teaching strategy employed by several departments on our campus. In a Socratic Circle, students are given the opportunity to voice their opinions about literature or a given topic in a more conversational setting: half the class has their desks together in a small circle at a time, students don’t have to raise their hands, and they are responding directly to their peers rather than just their teacher. Often the whole group is given a grade for the overall quality of their discussion rather than individuals being graded, which helps foster a true collaborative learning community focused on the “team effort” of learning and growing together. To find out more about how Mrs. Parsons and Mr. Mabry use Socratic Circles in their classrooms, click here.

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