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From: Opal M. (jaqueen001@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 11:41:48 EDT

  • Next message: Laughindaisy@aol.com: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)"

    I agree. I think the students in my class have to
    take baby steps to get to the Socratic method. They
    seem to be afraid to share their opinions about
    anything academic. I'm trying it out on Thursday, we
    will see. I am going to begin by talking about
    something in pop culture (early 90s so I hope they
    *get it*) and then bring that around to a part of
    their Senior Project.
    Wish me luck.
    --- Melanie Tiwari <mt49403@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu> wrote:
    > 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.
    >
    > Melanie
    >
    > "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 <rj63603@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
    > 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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