CONSTRUCTIVISM MEETS CLASSICISM:
  TEN TIPS TO INTERACTIVATE THE
        SOCRATIC METHOD


                             Kk...
Inquiring minds want to know…
•   What is the Socratic method?
•   Who has used the Socratic method?
•   Why and how is th...
How to interactivate the Socratic method?
• Tip 1: Clarify conversational guidelines
  – Netiquette
  – Consistency of app...
To interactivate the Socratic method…
• Tip 2: Ask questions, and wait quietly for
  answers
  – Online, cite the name of ...
To interactivate the Socratic method…
                        …
• Tip 3: Engender “productive discomfort”
  – Provoke self...
How to interactivate Socrates…
• Tip 4: Use follow-up questions
  – Encourage healthy discussion
  – Encourage “multi-logu...
Interactivating Socrates? How?
• Tip 5: Foster openness; reveal that you don’t
  know something
  – Foster humanity
  – Pr...
Interactivation tip #6
• Tip 6: Welcome new, “crazy”, alternative views
  – Remember: there are no “stupid questions”
  – ...
Interactivation made easy
• Tip 7: KISS
  – In explanations
  – In questions
  – In elements of argument
  – In the number...
Interactivation Socratically
• Tip 8: Discourage deference to authority
  – Watch for the argumentum ad verecundiam
  – Ke...
Interactivation tips…
• Tip 9: Avoid “hard architecture”
  – Retain the notion of flux
  – Accept disagreements
  – Encour...
Interactivation tips …
• Tip 10: Shrink to fit
   – Big ideas can always be re-packaged into smaller
     concepts or modu...
Socratic inquirers want to….
•   Clarify conversational guidelines
•   Ask questions, and wait…
•   Engender productive di...
Socrates can be interactivated




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  1. 1. CONSTRUCTIVISM MEETS CLASSICISM: TEN TIPS TO INTERACTIVATE THE SOCRATIC METHOD Kkk Katherine Watson, Coastline Distance Learning katherine watson, coastline cc 1
  2. 2. Inquiring minds want to know… • What is the Socratic method? • Who has used the Socratic method? • Why and how is the Socratic method effective? • Why and how can/should the Socratic method be used online? katherine watson, coastline cc 2
  3. 3. How to interactivate the Socratic method? • Tip 1: Clarify conversational guidelines – Netiquette – Consistency of appellations – Development of conversational pragmatics katherine watson, coastline cc 3
  4. 4. To interactivate the Socratic method… • Tip 2: Ask questions, and wait quietly for answers – Online, cite the name of the person to whom the question is directed – Remind people of parallel conversational topics – Foster an atmosphere of patience – Foster introspection in search of self-knowledge katherine watson, coastline cc 4
  5. 5. To interactivate the Socratic method… … • Tip 3: Engender “productive discomfort” – Provoke self-analysis – Encourage uncertainty – Pursue the “how” & “why” always…… katherine watson, coastline cc 5
  6. 6. How to interactivate Socrates… • Tip 4: Use follow-up questions – Encourage healthy discussion – Encourage “multi-logue” – Engage and link – Ask: How so? – Ask: Why? katherine watson, coastline cc 6
  7. 7. Interactivating Socrates? How? • Tip 5: Foster openness; reveal that you don’t know something – Foster humanity – Probe, but encourage – Correct by example katherine watson, coastline cc 7
  8. 8. Interactivation tip #6 • Tip 6: Welcome new, “crazy”, alternative views – Remember: there are no “stupid questions” – Be not shocked by the new – Encourage excitement katherine watson, coastline cc 8
  9. 9. Interactivation made easy • Tip 7: KISS – In explanations – In questions – In elements of argument – In the number of things katherine watson, coastline cc 9
  10. 10. Interactivation Socratically • Tip 8: Discourage deference to authority – Watch for the argumentum ad verecundiam – Keep it logical and germane – Trust personal judgment katherine watson, coastline cc 10
  11. 11. Interactivation tips… • Tip 9: Avoid “hard architecture” – Retain the notion of flux – Accept disagreements – Encourage change katherine watson, coastline cc 11
  12. 12. Interactivation tips … • Tip 10: Shrink to fit – Big ideas can always be re-packaged into smaller concepts or modules – Nothing is too big for the human mind or for cyberspace to handle – All conversations begin one on one – We prefer the magical number 7 katherine watson, coastline cc 12
  13. 13. Socratic inquirers want to…. • Clarify conversational guidelines • Ask questions, and wait… • Engender productive discomfort • Use follow-up questions • Foster openness • Welcome the new • KISS • Discourage deference to authority • Avoid hard architecture • Shrink to fit katherine watson, coastline cc 13
  14. 14. Socrates can be interactivated katherine watson, coastline cc 14

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