Socratic Seminars Strategies for the Second Grade Classroom

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Grade Level Ranges:
PK - Grade 2
Content Areas:
Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Topic tags:
collaboration, discourse, Socratic Seminar, Su18C
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Element F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.

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Second-grade teacher, Kristi Leader, shares her strategies for effectively conducting a Socratic Seminar with her students. In this almost 9-minute video, she shares the necessary scaffolding, classroom environment, and management strategies that need to be in place before engaging her students in this rich form of discourse. 

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SanBdoCitySchools. (2015). Socratic seminars strategies for the second grade classroom. [Video file]. Retrieved from