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Socratic Circles by Matt Copeland
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Dec 19, 11

Read in December, 2011

Absolutely one of the best teaching books I own. I had been doing Socratics for a while and was always disappointed that the format itself didn't automatically make students insightful. Copeland emphasizes far more thorough preparation and reflection than I had been doing in my classes. Before I even read this book, I was able to take the preparation and reflection forms he provides and use them for my first Socratic seminars of the school year, and they were by far the best I've ever had, including in my class of sophomores who had never participated in the activity before. If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of discussion in your classroom, I highly recommend this book. It's just fantastic and super-useful.
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