NPR has just begun a series that looks like it has a lot of potential — they’re going to profile “50 Great Teachers” in history.
They begin with an obvious choice, who most of us would support — Socrates.
Unfortunately, though, they only use examples from an AP class and a private school to illustrate how his legacy is applied today.
Those are easy choices, and there are plenty of examples of it being used in more challenging and/or mainstream teaching environments. I’ve shared a number of related resources at The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.
Do you have stories about how you’ve applied Socratic methods in your non-AP classes and in public schools?