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Friday, October 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Socratic Seminars & Apple iBooks: Goals, Practices, & Resources for Leading Effective Socratic Seminars

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A Socratic Seminar is a pedagogical tool, whereby students closely read a text and discuss its points in a group setting. In a successful Socratic Seminar, students understand the main ideas of a text in a significantly deeper way while learning how to discuss great ideas with courtesy and civility with their peers. This presentation will focus on the goals, strategies, and the resources necessary to implement Socratic Seminars effectively on a regular basis in our classrooms. As the goal of Classical education is to teach students how to think, and not what to think, Socratic Seminars offer one of the strongest and most effective tools to build critical thinking skills. Students read through a great text, whether it is from the Bible, Plato, Thucydides, or Tocqueville, and then have the opportunity to interact with those ideas and the authors that have shaped the course of Western thought. Socratic Seminars become all the more important to implement regularly in the classroom, given that these lesson plans have immense potential to influence both the character and the intellect of our students.

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Winston Brady

Curriculum Adviser, Thales Academy
I have been teaching at Thales Academy since 2011, including the full round of Humanities course, Trivium, Latin, History and English. I just finished my Master in Divinity at Southeastern, am very happily married to Rachel Brady, and have a newborn baby son crawling around at home... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 111