I’ve had limited success with using Socratic Seminars, though I know others have had far more positive experiences (see The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions).
Kristen Swanson today shared an intriguing tool she found called Socratic Smackdown that might be a good way to introduce the concept to students, especially younger ones (by that, I mean ninth-grade and below). It’s basically a “gamified” Socratic Seminar.
I’ve embedded a video about it below, and I’d love to hear from teachers who’ve already used it. I’m considering giving it a try this year….