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From: Melanie Tiwari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 20:12:52 EDT
Next message: Melanie Tiwari: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Units"
I've noticed in many different classroom observations that I or other instructors use Socratic method without realizing it, and that's when it seems most effective. I would probably work my students up to pure Socratic method. Maybe I would start out with a problem or conflict from a shared text as a discussion prompt and pose
questions. Or maybe I would have students bring questions and create a discussion. Once they are used to questioning strategies, then I would move into a purely Socratic instruction. I think that in my brain, I lump inquiry lessons and Socratic method together. Maybe if you think about it that way, you may see it from a
different perspective and it may help you out.
"Opal M." wrote:
> I experienced the Socratic method in my Myth and
> Romance class at University High School. I think this
> method works, of course, with smaller classes and with
> students who have a desire to learn the material. I
> also think that this method is great with students
> because it gives them an opportunity to voice their
> opinions. The Myth and Romance students love it
> because they have thier own views and ideas about
> their texts. The other regular English IV students
> don't really participate when we do the Socratic
> method. Regardless of how much wait time my
> supervising teacher uses, they don't respond. I
> cannot understand why, because he asks them opinion
> questions. What can I do?!
> --- Becky Jenkins <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I thought that this was a great idea to introduce to
> > high school
> > students. In my experience in high school, the
> > teachers did not have
> > the students discuss on thier own, novels that we
> > had read. It was only
> > until I entered a college literature class that this
> > method was revealed
> > to me. Needless to say, I was a little lost at
> > first, but i did
> > eventually catch on. This is a great method to
> > teach to students in
> > high school becuase not only does it prepare them
> > for college but it
> > also gives them an opportunity to express thier own
> > thoughts and
> > opinions with others. Unfortunately there are very
> > few classes in high
> > school that allow students opinions to be spoken and
> > appreciated. This
> > gives the students a feeling of appreciation and
> > worth with their
> > personal opinions. I also feel that becuase the
> > students are given so
> > much time to dig into the text and come up with
> > thier own ideas, and
> > discuss thier ideas about the text, that the novel
> > becomes more personal
> > to the student and they have a deeper connection
> > with the novel. I have
> > experienced reading a text and not feeling connected
> > with it until I
> > discussed it with someone else who had read it. I
> > see that this will
> > happen if students are not allowed to discuss novels
> > in class. All in
> > all I thought this was an excelent method and
> > exercise to do in a high
> > school class after reading a novel.
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