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Guide to Socratic Seminars

Socratic seminars are named for the Greek philosopher Socrates, who believed knowledge was gained through questions and debate. Socratic seminars support students as they practice the art of discussion on a research topic or concept. They’re structured to facilitate engaged dialogue and active listening. If students are completing a research project or book during the school day, you can use a Socratic seminar to increase their understanding and better prepare them for school assignments related to those activities. 

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