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Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School


reviewed by Denise P Beasley — 2006

coverTitle: Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School
Author(s): Matt Copeland
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME
ISBN: 1571103945 , Pages: 163, Year: 2005
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Matt Copeland teaches at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kansas.  He frequently presents at local, regional, and national conferences and has published At the Crossroads: Learning to Reflect and Reflecting to Learn: Reflective Learning Activities for the Modern Classroom (The Writing Conference, 2001). In his teaching, Copeland has found that effective strategies to involve and encourage students to participate in meaningful and stimulating dialogue about a text often elude both novice and veteran teachers.  Trying to get students to think for themselves and to participate in student-led conversations about a topic or piece of literature is often like pulling teeth -- students seem to forever look to the teacher for the “right” or at least some semblance of an answer. Luckily, his text, Socratic Circles:  Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School, provides teachers with solutions to the problem of teacher-led discussion with not enough student participation... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 172-174
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12077, Date Accessed: 9/26/2017 5:13:38 AM

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  • Denise Beasley
    Osseo-Fairchild High School
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    DENISE P BEASLEY has taught American and World Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing for three years at Osseo-Fairchild High School in Osseo, Wisconsin. She works as an educational lesson plan resource reviewer for Education Planet, as a manuscript reviewer for Corwin Press, and as a reviewer of young adult literature for VOYA. She taught English Education courses for five years, as a full-time visiting instructor at the University of Central Florida. She is co-author of the chapters “Giving Words to the Grief to Explore the Death of a Parent,” (with Carin Beasley) and “Making Sense of Sibling Loss as a Guide through the Grief Journey” (with Kyle Gonzalez) in Janet Allen’s publication, Using Literature to Help Troubled Teens Cope with End-of-Life Issues (2002), and has written numerous biographical author entries in The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (Cullinan & Person, 2001).
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