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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
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All seven of these skills can be practiced through Socratic Seminar. The first, critical thinking and problem-solving can be achieved through a combination of a quality text and provocative questions. The second, collaboration across networks and leading by influence, can be achieved by incorporating technology. The third, agility and adaptability, starts with listening carefully to others and appreciating other viewpoints. The fourth, initiative and entrepreneurialism, begins with being brave enough to speak your mind in front of a group of peers. The fifth, effective oral and written communication, is developed through deepening one's understandings through dialogue. The sixth, accessing and analyzing information, can be practiced through weighing evidence and citing sources. And the last, curiosity and imagination, can be fostered by students learning to ask their own questions.

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Ruben Bravo's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:35 PM

To build the furutre we want for our family and  for our communities we need to begin investing in the right mix of skills that will steer us through the path of development.

Bradley McClure's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:29 PM

Tony Wagner's book, "Creating Innovators" has strongly influenced what I know about teaching and why it is important that we understand how the world is changing. The seven skills that he mentions includes critical thinking and problem solving, along with six other vaulable skills. It would be a shame for us as teachers to perpetuate teaching without putting these seven skills at the core of our purpose. Critical thinking and Problem solving are connected to the other seven, particularly in light of the new P21 Framework that is beginning to take off in the world of education. 

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Soft skills and the future of work

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As organisations and analysts turn their attention to the impact of artificial intelligence on the world of work, several key futures are emerging. Rather than a dystopian future where robots take our jobs, there is a convergence on human strengths and soft skills to complement those of AI and automation.
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Yet another article about the soft skills that will likely be needed in the future. These skills are able to be practiced during Socratic seminar. I think human strengths like creativity will never be replaced by computers. 
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Why Student Data Should Be Students’ Data

Why Student Data Should Be Students’ Data | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Students can make gains in taking ownership of their work when they’re given access to their data around that work.
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You can hand over even more responsibility to your students by collecting data and sharing with them. A quote from the article says it all: "Having students enter their own scores into a spreadsheet was intended to help teachers by gathering the data in one place for them to view and analyze. But what we observed was that the process was having a profound effect on the students: They became very interested and engaged with their own data and tracking their learning"
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Close Reading Strategies | Close Reading Strategies on Test

Close Reading Strategies | Close Reading Strategies on Test | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Close reading is a rigorous literary investigation, text interrogation, and or a critical analysis of a complex passage or demandin
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A great set of ideas for close reading! I particularly liked the Socratic ranking!
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Make Socratic Seminars Sizzle In Your Classroom - David Rickert

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Socratic seminars are a popular discussion tool in classrooms. Here are some ideas on how to do them differently.
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Add some fun to your standard seminars!
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Critical Thinking | SkillsYouNeed

Critical Thinking | SkillsYouNeed | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Develop your critical thinking skills. Boost your ability to solve problems and make the right decisions at work, home and in study.
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Critical thinking is more important than ever in this climate of potential fake news. Students must learn how to think for themselves!
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Critical Thinking: Identifying the Targets

Episode 3 With four quintels aboard, we were now ready to leave. The skipper saw mares’ tails in the north. Stephen I wonder what quintels are? I think maybe it’s a sea term, a word that means perhaps the weight aboard. Yes maybe it’s how much fish they had aboard. [So you think it was fish?
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I love critical thinking! This is a useful application for targeting specific elements of a text.
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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

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Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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This has a great set of 15 discussion techniques - of course, Socratic seminar is on the list! I have become a big fan of gallery walks, especially if the students have specific guiding questions.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 21, 2017 10:19 AM
Engage your students in a variety of structures for class discussion. Changing things up a bit while holding the students accountable is refreshing. Try some of these!
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The Place Of Wildness And Wonder In Critical Thinking

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By Ira Rabois What is critical thinking? One element of critical thinking that most everyone agrees on is “higher order thinking,” which includes evaluating the appropriateness of evidence, the tru…
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I loved this blog, especially the idea of wonder. Without wonder we may not be curious enough to ask the right questions or take risks to ask "crazy" questions. But of course, it's the outlander idea that will become the next best thing!
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Marina Abramović's manifesto for solitude and silence, physicist David Bohm on dialogue and what is keeping us from listening to one another, and mor

Marina Abramović's manifesto for solitude and silence, physicist David Bohm on dialogue and what is keeping us from listening to one another, and mor | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
The Paradox of Communication, The Crucial Difference Between Discussion + Dialogue, ... and What Is Keeping Us... https://t.co/JKrnWFU8u6
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An excellent exploration into the difference between discussion and dialogue, and a great provocation into what listening really means.
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Socratic Seminar 101

Introduction to the Socratic Seminar-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/youtube/ -- Create animated videos and animate
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 A fun video that goes through the basics of Socratic seminar. Worth watching and showing to students!
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Discussion Strategies: Creating Policies for Class Discussion

Discussion Strategies: Creating Policies for Class Discussion | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
By Amanda Almond In order to facilitate classroom discussion that is both productive and respectful, I begin each semester with what I call the Policies Assignment.  On the first day of class I tak…
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Glad to see Socratic seminar-style guidelines in college courses!
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Secrets to a Successful Socratic Seminar

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Socratic seminars are an instructional tool that many teachers see value in, yet implement infrequently. What’s the hang up? I spoke with a few teachers who’ve used Socratic Seminars in their classes…
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A good rundown of Socratic seminar basics.
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What Is The Purpose Of A Question?

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What Is The Purpose Of A Question? by Terry Heick What’s the difference between a good question and a bad question? It depends, of course, on who you’re asking. But it also depends on both abstraction (i.e., the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’) and function (i.e., purpose). You can’t, for example, measure the ‘quality’ of a […]
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Excellent thoughts on asking questions, specifically on how questions truly function.
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How to improve your critical thinking skills | Michael Shermer | Big Think

How to improve your critical thinking skills | Michael Shermer | Big Think | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
In 1995, just a few months before his death, astrophysicist Carl Sagan published The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. In that book, he wrote a chapter called 'The Fine Art of Baloney Detection', and from it sprang what skeptics call the 'baloney detection kit'.
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Healthy skepticism can be a good thing as long as students are willing at some point to take and hold a position. Sometimes skeptical students simply remain skeptical of everything!
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Socratic Seminar

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Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.
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This is a solid, quick version of Socratic seminar. There is, of course, a lot more to running a successful seminar, including tips and tricks to get quiet students to talk, or dominant students to listen more.
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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
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A great list of questions to get students thinking about their thinking - always good in nearly any situation!
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How to Liven Up Your Socratic Seminar

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One of my favorite things about being an English teacher is hearing my students have deep discussions about literature. I mea
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A great set of ideas to keep things lively! Just remember that a good seminar IS exciting and lively. By choosing a quality complex text and asking a provocative question, students should be engaged! Having said that, even good seminar groups get tired...
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A List Of Fallacious Arguments

A List Of Fallacious Arguments "The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Sampson's time." --- Richard Nixon Several of these have names in Latin, but I mostly ignored that and used English.
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A great list of logical fallacies that are extremely useful for Socratic seminars.
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Essential Questions | Curiosity Quotient + Passion Quotient > IQ

Essential Questions | Curiosity Quotient + Passion Quotient > IQ | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
"Curiosity Quotient + Passion Quotient > IQ"  Essential questions help students bring attention, focus, and analytical thought too grea
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A great blog on essential questions, with great resources at the end. It also goes into one of my favorite topics: passion.
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Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking The ability to think critically will benefit students throughout their lives. Here are a few tips on how to get started teaching it. By G. Randy Kasten

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking The ability to think critically will benefit students throughout their lives. Here are a few tips on how to get started teaching it. By G. Randy Kasten | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. It combats the power of advertisers, unmasks the unscrupulous and pretentious, and exposes unsupported arguments. Students enjoy learning the skill because they immediately see how it gives them more control. Yet critical thinking is simple: It is merely the ability to understand why…
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Good article on critical thinking! I particularly liked "When students are shown how to gather information, question what appears obvious, and think through possible consequences, they’ll be able to make decisions based on facts, not myths or propaganda." So true!
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Valeria Ríos Bedoya's curator insight, October 16, 2017 10:29 PM
Being a teacher in the 21st century is a big resposibility for us. Whatever we teach our students will affect them in a positive or negative way. We choose, and that is why we need to break old paradigms in education that are impeding our children to get immersed in the 21s century life, which is based ruling and governating our own minds. In order to do this, our children need to think critically, and our role as teachers is to teach them how to do it. It is great to know that nowadays there is awareness about this issue to solve, and that there are being developed diverse methodologies to implement this cognitive strategies in our classes. Ourduty and role is not reduced to only teach English, we are teachers, who are teaching little people new strategies and perspectives of the world.
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Top 5 Habits of Successful Students

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5 Effective Habits of Successful Students 1. They Ask Questions! Developing your Voice is the first habit that students must master
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The first habit is: "Successful Students Communicate by Actively Listening, Asking Questions, and Seeking to Understand!" This can be perfectly accomplished with Socratic seminar because seminars are designed to have students take action and actually practice these skills.
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, an
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A great short video that can be shared with students!
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7 Simple and Effective Critical Thinking Strategies That Work

7 Simple and Effective Critical Thinking Strategies That Work | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Try these tips for using some simple and effective critical thinking strategies to get your students thinking critically and independently, and fast.
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I really like #2: Give them some slack. While facilitating Socratic seminars over the past 18 years, I have discovered what I call the 90% rule. If you give the students enough time and space, they will discuss 90% of what you would have said! Just create a space where they can develop "reasoned talk" and they will do just fine!
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Valeria Ríos Bedoya's curator insight, October 16, 2017 10:20 PM
The strategies in this article are actually very simple and useful for us to apply them in our own lives, and for teaching them to our students implicitly in tasks. It very interesting to see that factors such as self-confidence, priorities, and trying to think like others can boots our critical thiking skills in a great. Again, this is another article highlighting the importance and impact that an appropriate approach to teachnology in the classroom can have.
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Philosophical Chairs | Philosophical Chairs Topics

Philosophical Chairs | Philosophical Chairs Topics | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Philosophical Chairs is a fast and fun way to teach critical thinking, Socratic debate, public speaking, academic discussion, an
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This is an excellent resource for Socratic seminar-style critical and creative thinking!
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What is Critical Thinking?

What is Critical Thinking? | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Why should we study history?  Why does the college where I teach require students to take a history course?  I asked these questions to my students today.  A few them mentioned the phrase "critical thinking" in their answers. As Georgia State University English professor Rob Jenkins notes in a recent piece at The Chronicle of Higher…
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A good definition of critical thinking!
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