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.
It's the big ideas in life that are truly important: What's the meaning of life? What is my purpose within that? What are we as humans supposed to be doing? What is our place in the universe? How can we best support each other as friends and family members? How can I develop my own personal genius? These and other questions are vital to our success as individuals and members of society.
Schooling is a lot to do with providing a platform of knowledge and skills -- and that is certainly valuable and needed. But to what end? Education should also provide opportunities to explore life's big ideas, not necessarily in search of answers, but to help students ask the right questions of themselves and their peers.
The Power of the Socratic Classroom
Some part of the curriculum of every school must give students opportunities to wrestle with big ideas and issues in deep and meaningful ways. When students engage in such classes, they develop the critical thinking skills of analysis to cleave through bias and appreciate differing viewpoints. They develop the creative thinking skills to generate new ideas that have value. Through close reading, or text archaeology, the students build thinking skills applicable to all of their other subjects and studies. Socratic Seminar is the perfect classroom technique or tool for doing all of these, no matter what age or subject area.