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thorpedo

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How does one teach Socratically with a large group of students. It seems understandable to teach this way with 10 students but is it possible with 35?

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One great way to do this is set up the class with two "Socratic circles." The first circle of 17 students engages in a Socratic discussion as the inner circle for 20 minutes while the outer circle (of another 17 students) observes and takes notes regarding the quality of the discussion. Then the two groups or "circles" switch places and the teacher hosts another 20 minutes discussion. The basic ideas for this is contained in Matt Copeland's book Socratic Circles--and we mention it in the online course. 

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