There are a few important things to remember about seminar jobs. The first is that the students should rotate having various jobs, so that they all can practice important skills. In sports, coaches use drills to practice specific skills, but then try to put them all together in scrimmages and games. The same situation exists for Socratic Seminar. The students may practice specific skills, but eventually they need opportunities to put everything together. Some students may already be good at certain tasks, so it would be a good idea to do some kind of skills assessment ahead of time. This way students could test out of certain areas and practice the specific skills they need as individuals.
The second thing to keep in mind is gradual release of responsibility. With all of these skills, students should eventually be expected to do them on their own. Obviously, teachers are likely to have to model some or all of these skills, but they can release responsibility with the “I do,” “we do,” “you do” model or something similar.
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