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Think Like Socrates
Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom, Grades 4-12



September 2018 | 312 pages | Corwin

The key to creating wonder and empathy in class? Questions!

 Socrates believed in the power of questions rather than the efficiency of lecturing his students. And yet, if we revere Socrates as one of the greatest teachers in history, how did we get so far away from his method of inquiry? Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is here to flip the script and show you how teachers can create a welcoming and engaging atmosphere that encourages student questions and honors their experiences. This resource provides

  • Practical strategies for creating a classroom that runs on dialogue, curiosity, inquiry, and respect
  • An enhancement to your existing curriculum, regardless of content area or grade level, with examples and advice from award-winning teachers
  • Questions of increasing depth paired with sample texts to increase student engagement with your content
  • Step-by-step lessons for generating and using students’ questions as a way of assessing their thinking, and helping them guide that thinking into new learning aligned to state standards
  • Lesson extensions for English language learners, special education students, and gifted and talented students
  • Writing suggestions, in-class debate questions, and scoring rubrics for each content area
  • Recommended multimedia texts grouped by big questions
  • Detailed protocols for using inquiry with adults as a base for Professional Learning Communities, for guiding staff meetings, and for creating inquiry groups around common areas of practice
 

Your students’ deepest wonderings can point toward learning experiences that allow them to practice the work of citizenship grounded in empathy. Let the questions begin!

 
Dedication
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Part One: Building A Questioning Classroom Culture
 
Kids These Days: Creating deeper learning experiences framed around student questions
 
Designing for Engagement: Strategies for using student questions to plan academic discussions
 
Teaching Like Socrates: Composing a classroom climate to encourage inquiry
 
Learning to Listen: Processes to support better thinking through focused attention
 
Constructing Trust: Foundational practices to sustain belonging and empathy
 
Part Two: Curating questions For Use In The Content Areas
 
Using Questions In Multiple Disciplines and Grade Levels
 
Science
 
Math
 
Social Studies, Government, and Humanities
 
Fine Arts & Music
 
Career & Technical Education
 
Special Populations: English Language Learners, Special Education learners, and Gifted & Talented learners
 
Part Three: Applying Inquiry To Do Real Work in the Real World
 
Generating Project Ideas From Student Questions at All Levels
 
Part Four: Using Our Own Questions To Transform Our Practice
 
Guiding Staff Meetings & Planning Powerful Professional Development with Teachers’ Questions
 
Appendix: Recommended texts, Resources, and Rubrics
 
References

"Shanna Peeples (2015 National Teacher of the Year) speaks a voice that's not heard often enough in the places where critical decisions are made about education—the voice of the experienced, devoted, and passionate teacher. As a nation, we should never make educational policy without asking whether it will support pedagogical practices of the sort this book advocates. If students learned to 'think like Socrates,' it would benefit them, their workplaces and communities, and our democracy in countless ways. May this book find tens of thousands of readers who want to put Shanna's well-tested insights into practice!"

Parker J. Palmer, Author of The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and On the Brink of Everything

"Excellent writing and a wealth of inspiring examples from distinguished educators make this possibly the strongest Corwin book I have read in the past 10 years."

Michelle Strom, Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Fort Riley Middle School

"Equal parts affirming and challenging, this book confirms why so much of what feels like good teaching is also messy, emotional, and personal. Peeples is a master teacher and a spectacular writer, and here we have a book that is evidence of both. This is a book that respects the intelligence of teachers. I plan on sharing this book with every teacher I work with."

Tom Rademacher, Language Arts Teacher, 8th Grade
St. Anthony Middle School

"Allowing students to pursue their own questions is upheld as a powerful and driving force in learning. Furthermore, the stories in this book are personal and powerful. They helped get my mind and heart involved and ready to read on. Teachers will be able to recognize their own students in these stories."

Jane Hunn, 6th Grade General Science Teacher
Tippecanoe Valley Middle School

"Peeples’s book is important and relevant. It covers topics that educators are grappling with and provides authentic examples that will connect with them. Both novice and master teachers will be able to put these protocols and lesson plans into practice immediately. This is a resource that both administrators and teachers will revisit over and over again."

LaQuita Outlaw, Principal – Grades 6-8
Bay Shore Middle School
Key features
  Thinking Like Socrates aims:
  • To help teachers create a classroom that runs on dialogue, curiosity, inquiry, and respect for the intellectual power of children’s minds
  • To enhance the existing curriculum, regardless of content area or grade level, by giving teachers examples of how award-winning teachers from across the country have used questions in their work
  • To increase student engagement with content
  • To use children’s questions as a way of assessing children’s thinking and helping them guide that thinking into new learning
  • To use inquiry with adults as a base for professional learning communities, guide staff meetings, and create inquiry groups around common areas of interest

 

The book will also include:

  • 15 video clips of questioning protocols for students and adults
  • A video viewing guide for PLCs and book studies
  • Several classroom protocols for encouraging student questions

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