Key Questions and Comments 
Notice how Andy uses the socratic seminar to engage all of his students and give each of them a voice.

What management strategies must be in place to successfully implement the socratic seminar?

What are some potential road-blocks that could hinder the success of the socratic seminar?

Andy uses the phrase “Purposeful Risk”. What does this mean to you?

Description of Video

Watch as Andy Bonath explains his use of the socratic seminar in his middle school history class.


0​:19 Explanation to students
0:34 Philosophy behind Socratic Seminar
1:09 Role of teacher
2:02 Classroom management
2:50 Advice for integrating Socratic Seminar


Socratic seminar
Student perspectives and opinions