The original seminar was inspired by Esther Wu's seminar "The N-Word" on Teaching Channel. Take a look below to be inspired yourself!
I love using Teaching Channels videos to inspire my own teaching! I never would have thought to use a list of transitions as Esther did. We used, tweaked, and modified her resources, and our version can be found here:
Socratic Seminar: The Hunger Games
The Seminar Packet
The Coaching Protocol
The Listening Roles
Holding your own Socratic Seminar!
Plan two periods to prep the students, two days to conduct the seminar, and one half-period for reflection.
|The speakers are seated at a central table while coaches sit behind their protege. One student is at the front of the room taking notes in the Big Board role (as developed by Esther Wu).|
On the days of the seminar, the students were broken into two groups: SPEAKER & LISTENER. On the first day, they did one role, and on the second, they switched.
|Students sit in the back of the room in their Evaluator roles (transition tracker, comment counter, general evaluator, etc.) I sat next to them taking notes and grading the discussion.|