Task: The students will participate in a Socratic Seminar for
the article and video- focusing on "Happiness"
- Video- This video will reiterate and
strengthen the ideas in the article.
- Notes- As the student watches the video, remind them
to follow the same approach as the article:
- As you view the video, write down any questions you
have about the information/or the speaker's perspective.
- Also, you can
write down ideas that you strongly agree and disagree with- explain why
you feel the way you do.
- Create any
questions you want the answer for? - Maybe you need more information
from the speaker or clarification, etcetera.
Video Links: (Same Video- just
different sources and lengths)
Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on
Seminar Expectations— The students will have two roles throughout the Socratic Seminar: Student and
- As a Student: during the discussion, you will interact only with
the other students in the circle, refer to the text as much as possible,
speak loudly and clearly, listen respectfully to the other students,
share the air time, and stay focused on the question provided by the
- As a
Facilitator: during the student discussion, you are responsible
for providing high-level questions, redirecting students, remind
soft-spoken speakers to speak up/or speak clearly, encourage other
facilitators to ask questions/to redirect students. Remember to be extremely
polite—avoid harsh directions and redirects. Your goal is to motivate
everyone to share an idea/or perspective.
*If you have a different format for Socratic
Seminar that you are move comfortable with, then please provide that
information to your advocacy group. The important part is that we expose them
to effective expectations and experiences with Socratic Seminar.