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The Socratic Discussions: A Kinder, Gentler Way to Change Minds

Advanced students expand their critical thinking skills to engage in Socratic discussion sparked by Arthur C. Brooks essay "A Kinder, Gentler Way to Change Minds" from The Atlantic.
Cindy Frank
467 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 3 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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per learner

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Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

Build critical thinking skills
Analyze a complex text
Enrich ongoing vocabulary with an objective of building towards the SAT and ACT word lists
Participate in lively group discussion to enhance speaking and verbal abilities
Bridge connections presented by the essay to past readings
Encourage respectful communications
Longtime teacher of literature for both middle and high school students. Founder and former coach of an award-winning Speech and Debate team that competed at local, state and national levels, long-time speech judge for local, regional, national speech events for NCFL and National Speech and Debate Association, former teacher of high school debate and rhetoric, art history, literature, and AP Language and Composition.  Socratic discussion has always formed one of the core teaching methods in all my classes. 
Students must read and annotate Arthur C. Brooks' essay A Kinder, Gentler Way to Change Minds and view  Julia Dhar's TED Talk How to Disagree Productively.  Links to both will be sent with welcome email.
A short written report will be sent to families about their student's participation and experience in class. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
A Gentler, Better Way to Change Minds by Arthur C. Brooks
How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground by Julia Dhar TED Talk


Cindy Frank
Lives in the United States
Former High School Literature and Art History Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach
467 total reviews
468 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
*Each session a full 55 minutes of teaching time
*Extensive and detailed comments on all homework assignments
*Always available for questions from... 
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