What worked this week? I finally got around to trying out one of my favourite in person learning activities - Socratic Seminars. Over the last few years, I have been experimenting with different discussion styles including, Parlay, Spider Web and Socratic Seminars. When we returned to school this September, I was wracking my brain to work out how I could adapt these to work in a hybrid learning environment. Here is what I came up with:
Parlay is a nice straight forward to engage both in-person and online learners, both in realtime and asynchronously. Here are the planning docs and rubric I use and modify for different purposes.
Socratic Seminars are a little trickier, but once you have done a little set up, work well via a video conference (Google Meet etc.). I started by dividing students into teams of 3, then they worked on the shared research docs, adding ideas and considering their own together. Then I allowed 10-15 minutes for each round of discussion. During the discussion, students alternate between 3 roles - Active Contributor, Scribe and Peer Reviewer. This worked quite well, but ideally with a longer session, I would have set aside more time in between discussion rounds for reflection and peer feedback. If time allowed, then students could also complete the self-assessment form to set goals for the next discussion. Here are the templates:
Finally, FlipGrid. I haven't tried this yet because I think it would work best with a little lead in time (which I haven't been able to shoehorn in yet!). Similar to the Socratic Seminar set up, you could set the research portion, then allow a few days for some asynchronous video posting, then bring things back together in class a week or so later. If your system allows for more asynchronous time during the day, with an opportunity for in person students to record, then it could work well over the course of half a day. If you try it, let me know how it goes - I am building up to this in a few weeks.
I hope some of this is useful. It would be great to hear about other peoples' experiences of engaging students via discussion in the hybrid / online world!
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