THE MAIN FIRST step in facilitating a Socratic Seminar is to begin the journey of moving away from didactic instruction toward facilitation and empowering students. As a teacher, this basically means less talking, and more listening and observing. Facilitating a seminar follows the principle of gradual release of responsibility, or helping students take on responsibilities so they can own more of the process.
The problem is that releasing responsibility is unnerving for many teachers, especially when they don’t know what to do on a practical level. This chapter will help teachers move step-by-step from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side,” as they say.
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