Socratic Seminars in the Middle School Social Studies Classroom

Setting Up a Socratic Seminar Middle school students are still learning the art of conversation, so when we as educators decide to have our class conduct a Socratic Seminar, we need to offer some structure to make sure that the debate offers a positive learning experience.  I’ve had several debates over the years, some much

Debating the Electoral College – A Structured Debate for Students

Let’s admit it.  This past election year has been really tough for teachers.  Although we want to talk about political issues, and we want to give our students the tools to sort through those issues, it’s very difficult to do so when the country is so fractured politically.  I’ve never seen my students so demoralized