Socratic Seminar filming today about "Is it justifiable to take away people's rights for the common good?". The students are beginning WWII and I wanted to start with looking at Pearl Harbor and Japanese Internment. We watched a video with a transcript copy to collect evidence. It wasn't perfect, but there were moments of greatness for a few. My favorite part was reading the reflections. Students really do like learning in this format- from each other and through discussion. They want to speak more- they want to use more evidence- these are all things they wrote. I guess that makes it my job to work on helping them be even more prepared and have more modeling and videos for what it looks like to listen, A few were antsy today and the other students noticed and wrote about it in every reflection. They wished a few people were more serious and they noticed when the outer circle had a side conversation. This time I forgot to control the outer circle seating before we began. It negatively impacted the seminar, but I love how much we are all learning!!!
A-ha: Everyone is listening when you let the students be the center of the learning.
Reminder: Don't skip steps to finish on time.