socratic discussion

Office Hours: Can Socratic Discussion Help Prepare for the SAT?

December 8, 2016

Sitting around talking about good books sounds like a great idea in theory. Nourishing the souls of our students and helping them become more fully human might just be the most important part of education. However, as much as you may want to avoid it, colleges look for some other hard and fast details when they look over student applications. Is there any way that having Socratic discussions now can have a practical effect? Will it help improve their test scores in the moment so that they can go to college and keep working on becoming more fully human?

Gee, wouldn't it be great if Socratic discussion could help both now and later? Next Office Hours we're gathering around to talk SAT/ ACT exams, and to see if the entire foundation of the CenterForLit approach can be practical as well as philosophically pleasing. 

Office Hours: Teaching with Socratic Discussion

July 7, 2016

Socrates. It's one of those dusty old names that you know is really important, seems a little beyond your reach, and makes you feel kind of insufficient. Add to that the fact that there's an entire method of teaching named after this illusive figure which you've been told is the one critical key to your child's success... and now you just want to either give up or cry!

But there's no need! Let's dial it back a bit. Let's forget about the unnecessary pressure that comes with the word "Socratic" and focus on the basics. It's just about questions! And while they may not save the universe, questions can be a really helpful tool for really engaging your students with the subject material at hand and leaving them with a lasting impression of what you teach. 

This July in Office Hours we're talking about Socratic Discussion, and we're going to reveal the man behind the curtain. We'll figure out what this method means and why it's useful, and strategize together about how you can begin to implement it in your classroom. We hope we'll see you for our next Pelican Society coffee date on July 7 at 1:00 PST/ 4:00 EST!