Do You Have 21st-Century Skills to Help Your Students Succeed?
Do Your Students Have 21st-Century Skills to Think for Themselves?
The Power of the Socratic Classroom has the answers you are looking for—answers that will supply the strategies to show students how to succeed into the future. A future that has unknown products, unidentified jobs, and unanticipated challenges.
In Socratic Seminar, teachers shift to the role of facilitator, where they help their students develop the collaborative interpersonal skills, the critical and creative thinking skills, and the speaking and listening skills to face the upcoming challenges of the 21st century.
Charles Fischer has taught in public and private schools in a variety of settings, from rural Maine to inner city Atlanta. In the past 20 years, he has worked with a wide range of students from 4th grade to AP English and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year four times. He has his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine, and received his B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. His latest book, The Power of the Socratic Classroom, has won four awards, including the NIEA Best Education Book. His first novel, Beyond Infinity, won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal (YA fiction). His areas of expertise are Socratic Seminar, Active Listening, Inquiry, Teaching & Learning, and Critical & Creative Thinking. He is currently working on a book of poetry, a short story collection, and several novels.
As someone who loves language, I often anagram or rearrange the letters of words to see what creative insights I can discover. It's a tremendously powerful creative thinking tool that I would recommend to anyone. The word 'mistakes' has some fantastic anagrams that provide insights into how we can think about making them.
For starters, 'mistakes' anagrams to 'As Kismet,' meaning we are destined to make them. It's so simple that we may forget we are always making mistakes... but how we deal with them is up to us.
'Mistakes' also anagrams to 'Ask Times,' meaning that mistakes are simply times where we need to formulate questions. That's it. Instead of getting frustrated we can simply shift into questioner mode and get curious.
Another fun anagram is 'Team K.I.S.S.' This has all sorts of possibilities because of the acronym, but I would suggest: "Team Keep It Simple and Serendipitous."
Teach students that mistakes are great teachers that can put us in the right mindset to truly learn what we were just struggling with.
The Power of the Socratic Classroom
Essentially, the students are going to make mistakes and lots of them. They will interrupt each other, draw unsupported conclusions, say illogical things, and so on. Although every facilitator has a different comfort zone, I strongly encourage teachers to err on the side of letting the students struggle. They will create the greatest understandings and most enduring memories during the hardest endeavors. With strong cooperation, patience, and reflection, students can successfully engage in productive struggle.