Published : Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 12:45 PM
The oldest and most powerful teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching. In Socratic teaching teachers focus on giving students questions, not answers. They model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions.
As a tactic and approach, Socratic questioning is a highly disciplined process. The Socratic questioner acts as the logical equivalent of the inner critical voice, which the mind develops when it develops critical thinking abilities. The contributions from the members of the class are like so many thoughts in the mind. All of the thoughts must be dealt with and they must be dealt with carefully and fairly. By following up all answers with further questions, and by selecting questions which advance the discussion, the Socratic questioner forces the class to think in a disciplined, intellectually responsible manner, while yet continually aiding the students by posing facilitating questions.
Stratford School offers its original, enriched, academic Camp Socrates summer day camp, for preschool through fifth grade students. Weekly themes come to life as our young campers learn, explore and engage in imaginative camp-style activities that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning. STEAM instruction is combined with learning-enriched activities that promote foundational phonics, fine and large motor skills, literacy and music all while fostering new school experiences and building socialization skills. This program promotes the reinforcement and retention of grade-level concepts. Campers have the option of morning, afternoon or full-day camps.
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