Socrates was onto something when he began using critical thinking as a way to probe into his students’ minds. Socratic Questioning or Socratic Method is an instructional strategy that teachers can use to delve deep into the learner’s beliefs and opinions about things. I discovered this neat youtube video that gives you the low-down on this method:
Why is it a good tool? You can have in-depth and stimulating discussions with your class about the topic of your choice. Also, you will be motivating the learner to express themselves as clearly and carefully as possible. Remember, as the teacher you need to provide a safe and positive learning environment to maximize this strategy.
I must admit that I haven’t used this strategy in my own classroom, but the mark of a good teacher begins with taking risks!